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Der blaue Engel
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The Blue Angel (1930) More at IMDbPro »Der blaue Engel (original title)

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The Blue Angel -- Marlene Dietrich stars as nightclub singer Lola Lola, whose unrestrained sexuality was a revelation to moviegoers of the early 1930's. Emil Jannings delivers a towering performance as the sexually repressed professor of a boys school who is fatefully seduced by Lola Lola and dragged down a path of personal degradation. German with English subtitles.

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Release Date:
3 January 1931 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Emil Jannings ... Prof. Immanuel Rath

Marlene Dietrich ... Lola Lola
Kurt Gerron ... Zauberkünstler Kiepert / The Magician

Rosa Valetti ... Guste Kiepert / The Magician's Wife

Hans Albers ... Mazeppa / The Strongman
Reinhold Bernt ... Der Clown / The Clown
Eduard von Winterstein ... Schuldirektor / The Director of School (as Eduard V. Winterstein)
Hans Roth ... Hausmeister / The Caretaker of the Secondary School
Rolf Müller ... Gymnasiast Angst / Pupil

Roland Varno ... Gymnasiast Lohmann / Pupil (as Rolant Varno)
Carl Balhaus ... Gymnasiast Ertzum / Pupil (as Karl Balhaus)
Robert Klein-Lörk ... Gymnasiast Goldstaub / Pupil
Charles Puffy ... Wirt / Innkeeper (as Karl Huszar-Puffy)

Wilhelm Diegelmann ... Kapitän / Captain
Gerhard Bienert ... Polizist / Policeman
Ilse Fürstenberg ... Raths Wirtschafterin / Maid
Die Weintraub Syncopators ... Orchester / Orchestra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Friedrich Hollaender ... Pianist (uncredited)
Wolfgang Staudte ... Gymnasiast / Pupil (uncredited)

Directed by
Josef von Sternberg 
 
Writing credits
Heinrich Mann (novel "Professor Unrat")

Carl Zuckmayer  &
Karl Vollmöller  and
Robert Liebmann 

Josef von Sternberg  uncredited

Produced by
Erich Pommer .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Günther Rittau 
 
Film Editing by
Walter Klee (English version)
Sam Winston  (as S.K. Winston)
 
Art Direction by
Otto Hunte 
 
Costume Design by
Tihamer Varady 
 
Makeup Department
Waldemar Jabs .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Oscar Schmidt .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Viktor Eisenbach .... unit manager
 
Art Department
Emil Hasler .... assistant production designer
 
Sound Department
Fritz Thiery .... sound
 
Stunts
Harry Froboess .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Hans Schneeberger .... assistant camera
 
Music Department
Franz Waxman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tassilo Schneider .... english subtitler: German version
Herbert Tevos .... consultant uncredited unconfirmed
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Der blaue Engel" - Germany (original title)
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Runtime:
124 min | USA:107 min (TCM print) | UK:106 min | 108 min (cut) | USA:94 min (English version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-8 (1993) | Finland:K-16 (1952) | Finland:(Banned) (1930) | Germany:12 (DVD rating) (re-rating) | Norway:16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (f)
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Trivia:
Emil Jannings' first film back in his native country after an abortive trip to Hollywood. Hoping to become a star of American films, Jannings was soundly rebuffed because no one could understand his accent.See more »
Quotes:
Kiepert:Get going, wiggle your fannies.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Aliens (1986)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen wünscht Papageno sich!See more »

FAQ

Does Professor Rath die at his desk?
Who is 'the blue angel'?
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30 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Indelible images, 26 February 2000
Author: marie_D from California

I just got through watching The Blue Angel (1930) for the second time in a month. When I was watching the beginning this time, I thought: oh, this isn't as powerful as I remembered. I even thought Jannings was overdoing it a little -- he couldn't be as good as I remembered. And then it absolutely knocked me for a loop all over again.

Bear in mind that I have a tape that cost $3.98. The film looked old and scratchy, the tape quality was bad, and the sound was poor. This is one of the very earliest sound movies and the sound technique was sometimes distracting. After the first 20 minutes, I couldn't have cared less about the technology. The images of this film are burned into my brain. The business at the very beginning with the dead bird and the sugar cube, the caricatures on the blackboards, Lola's reaction to the marriage proposal, the wedding party and, most of all, the entire last half hour of this film -- none of that left me in the three weeks since my first viewing and it lost none of its impact the second time around.

Emil Jannings was just absolutely wonderful. His face in the mirror toward the end is heartbreaking. He doesn't have to say a word. This was Dietrich's debut, and she is great too, but it is Jannings' picture.

Highly recommended. 10/10

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