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Der blaue Engel (1930)

Not Rated | | Drama, Music | 5 December 1930 (USA)
An elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer.

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Heinrich Mann (novel), Carl Zuckmayer | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emil Jannings ... Professor Immanuel Rath
Marlene Dietrich ... Lola Lola
Kurt Gerron ... Kiepert, the Magician
Rosa Valetti ... Guste, His Wife
Hans Albers ... Mazeppa, the Strong Man
Reinhold Bernt Reinhold Bernt ... Der Clown / The Clown
Károly Huszár Károly Huszár ... Proprietor of The Blue Angel (as Karl Huszar-Puffy)
Die Weintraub Syncopators Die Weintraub Syncopators ... Group Cast Performers (as The Weintraub Syncopators)
Eduard von Winterstein Eduard von Winterstein ... Schuldirektor / The Director of School (as Eduard V. Winterstein)
Hans Roth Hans Roth ... Hausmeister / The Caretaker of the Secondary School
Rolf Müller Rolf Müller ... Gymnasiast Angst / Pupil
Roland Varno ... Gymnasiast Lohmann / Pupil (as Rolant Varno)
Carl Balhaus Carl Balhaus ... Gymnasiast Ertzum / Pupil (as Karl Balhaus)
Robert Klein-Lörk Robert Klein-Lörk ... Gymnasiast Goldstaub / Pupil
Wilhelm Diegelmann ... Kapitän / Captain
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Storyline

Germany 1924. Middle aged Dr. Immanuel Rath is a literature professor at a boys college. Most of his students don't much like him, often calling him "unrath" - German for garbage. Dr. Rath learns that many of his boys often frequent a cabaret called Der blaue Engel - the Blue Angel - which he believes is corrupting their impressionable young minds. He heads to the Blue Angel himself to catch the boys in the act and shame them into not going again. Over several visits, Rath is able to catch the boys, but in the process he also understands what attracts the boys, namely the headlining performer Lola Lola. Rath falls under Lola's spell, he who falls in love with her - and she seemingly with him - so much so that he wants to marry her and give up his teaching career to be with her on her travels from cabaret to cabaret. Their relationship ends up not being what either envisioned, the question being how they will both deal with their disintegrating relationship and the reasons behind that ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | French

Release Date:

5 December 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blue Angel See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,451, 15 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,982, 9 December 2001
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print) | (German) | (English)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Emil Jannings grew resentful of the special attention director Josef von Sternberg showed to Marlene Dietrich. He would purportedly throw tantrums on set and once threatened to choke the leading lady. See more »

Goofs

When the professor returns to his class and the boys burst out in uproar, the drawing on the blackboard shows three lines with Lola's name. The director, drawn by the noise, enters the class and now there are only two lines. After the class is dismissed, the third line has returned. See more »

Quotes

[singing]
Lola Lola: Falling in love again, never wanted to. What's a girl to do? I can't help it. What choice do I have? That's the way I'm made. Love is all I know, I can't help it. Men swarm around me like moths 'round a flame. And if their wings are singed, surely I can't be blamed.
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Alternate Versions

Simultaneously shot in two versions (English and German) with the same cast; the German (with English subtitles) version is more popular because of the heavy German accents of the cast in the English language version. English lyrics for the songs were written by Sam Lerner. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Le choc (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen wünscht Papageno sich!
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(from singspiel "Die Zauberflöte")
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Humiliation, Degradation, Despair
7 June 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Proper and respectable Emil Jannings, a teacher at a boys high school takes quite an interest in their moral well being. Seems there's this naughty establishment called The Blue Angel in his town where women have been known to entertain in various states of undress. Some of his boys have some postcards of one of the dancers and Jannings catches them with it. After confiscating the material, Jannings decides to go down to the Blue Angel and tell them not to be catering to minors.

Of course he takes one look at the subject of those naughty postcards and since it turns out to be Marlene Dietrich, he realizes his own education has been sadly neglected.

He's spotted the kids in the establishment, but they've spotted him as well. From an authoritarian figure, Jannings is now a figure of derision and has no authority in or out of the classroom. He marries Marlene and tours with her company as a clown. A return to his hometown proves to be more than he can bear.

Though Marlene Dietrich became an international sex symbol from this film and got a Hollywood contract as a result, the film is really the story of Jannings, his downfall, his humiliation, his degradation. Their respective career paths were really meeting halfway in this film. She was going to America on the strength of this film, Jannings was returning to Germany where he became a very big star and leader of Adolph Hitler's amen corner in German cinema

In the supporting cast is also Kurt Gerron who is a magician and manager of the troupe of entertainers Marlene and Jannings are part of. His life had the worst tragedy of all, as a Jew he met death in Auschwitz, but not after undergoing a lot of humiliation before. Not unlike what Jannings had in the film, but this was real life.

The Blue Angel is a milestone film for many people and in an indirect way for Adolph Hitler as well since he got his biggest film star from the cast. Still though it's a stunning bit of cinema with performances that still hold up very well today.


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