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The Blue Angel (1930)

Der blaue Engel (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama , Music | 3 January 1931 (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 | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Reinhold Bernt ... Der Clown / The Clown
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
Károly Huszár Károly Huszár ... Wirt / Innkeeper (as Karl Huszar-Puffy)
Wilhelm Diegelmann ... Kapitän / Captain
Gerhard Bienert Gerhard Bienert ... Polizist / Policeman
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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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | English | French

Release Date:

3 January 1931 (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

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

During auditions for the role of Lola Lola, director Josef von Sternberg instructed each aspiring actress to bring a "naughty song" with them and prepare to sing it during their audition. Marlene Dietrich ignored the instruction and showed up to her audition without a song and unprepared to sing. 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

Kiepert: Get going, wiggle your fannies.
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Connections

Featured in Zomergasten: Episode #2.1 (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Nimm Dich in Acht vor blonden Frau'n
(uncredited)
Written by Friedrich Hollaender
Performed by Marlene Dietrich
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One of the Truly Great Films!
18 August 2003 | by rube2424See all my reviews

Like THE GODFATHER, CITIZEN KANE, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER and a few others,

THE BLUE ANGEL is one of the great films of all time, simply because

everything works.

Marlene Dietrich is amazing, probably never as good again, as her Lola

is the quintessential woman mixed with Circe, Delilah and all things

different and apart. As she leads men to their doom she sings honestly

that she "just can't help it," yet men follow her willingly. Emil

Jannings as Professor Rath gives what, in my estimation, is the greatest

performance by an actor on film, first as a martinet, then a man finding

first love, then a devoted married man, then a cuckold, a clown and,

finally a broken, destroyed man. (The moment where he wakes in Lola's

bed and finds delight in Lola's doll is one of the great miniatures in

any film.) To see Kurt Gerron's powerful, nuanced performance as the

leader of the rag tag cabaret troop is heartbreaking when you know that

the perished ina gas chamber only a few years later.) Director Josef Von

Sternberg leads the proceedings through staid classrooms, down twisting

expressionist streets, to the tawdry inside of "The Blue Angel", and

finally, through the labyrinth of Rath's life leading inexorably to his

downfall. Symbolism, from a dead canary to the noose like collars

clowns wear, abound. And oh the songs by Freidrich Hollander! (Kander

and Ebb must have watched this film many times before writing CABARET as

so many parts of that production...including the gift of a

pineapple..are seen here.)

I have seen this film again and again and every time it is fresh as it

was the first time, and, I would suppose, as it was in 1929. What a

great, great film!!!


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