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

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Release Date:
3 January 1931 (USA) See more »
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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
 
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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:
There are various accounts of why Marlene Dietrich was cast as Lola Lola, but the one given by director Josef von Sternberg in his autobiography is that Dietrich came to test for the film with a bored, world-weary attitude because she was convinced she wasn't going to get the role and was merely going through the motions - and Sternberg hired her because that world-weary attitude was precisely what he wanted for the character.See more »
Quotes:
[singing]
Lola Lola:Falling in love again/ Never wanted to/ What am I to do?/ I can't help it.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Somewhere Over the Rainbow (2014) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Nimm Dich in Acht vor blonden Frau'nSee more »

FAQ

Who is 'the blue angel'?
Who is the clown with the sad face?
Does Professor Rath die at his desk?
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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Descent Into Hell, 7 January 2002
Author: howdymax from Las Cruces, New Mexico

I think this is more a commentary on the human condition than it is a movie review. von Sternberg presents Professor Rath as pompous, rather inflexible and naive, and then reduces him gradually to a pitiful, self-debasing wretch - much like Tyrone Power's character in "Nightmare Alley". Rath, appears to me, not so much the victim as a drunken jaywalker who wanders out into traffic and is totally shocked when he is hit by a truck. Emil Jannings, without doubt, delivers everything that von Sternberg could have asked for.

I have never been a big Marlene Dietrich fan, but I have to admit that, in this early effort, her utter sexuality and the casual way she dispenses it is hypnotic. Her character is also complex. Between her first encounter with Rath and those final scenes, her attitude toward him changes from amusement and ridicule to concern, pity, and even affection. His return to his home town and his descent into total degradation is painful to watch, yet she chooses this opportunity to humiliate him even further by offering herself to Mazeppa while he watches. I'm baffled.

The corruption and hopelessness of the German cafe circuit is a perfect backdrop for this study of the human condition. When one reaches their absolute nadir - like Rath - there are few choices left. Suicide, violent hostility, or if you are lucky - the determination and will to climb out of the cesspool. Rath was a day late and a reichsmark short. I would like to think that if he had more time he would have made it.

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