Josef von Sternberg

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The crowning achievement of Weimar cinema, THE BLUE ANGEL is an exquisite parable of one man’s fall from respectability.

Emil Jannings stars as Professor Immanuel Rath, the sexually repressed instructor of a boys prep school. After learning of the pupils’ infatuation with a local cabaret songstress,he decides to personally investigate the source of such indecency. But as soon as he enters the shadowy Blue Angel nightclub and steals one glimpse of the smoldering Lola Lola (Marlene Dietrich), Rath’s self-righteous piety is crushed. He finds himself fatefully seduced by the throaty voice of the vulgar siren, singing “Falling In Love Again”. Consumed bydesire and tormented by his rigid propriety, Professor Rath allows himself to be dragged down a path of personal degradation.

Lola’s unrestrained sexuality was a revelation to turn-of-the-decade moviegoers, thrusting Dietrich to the forefront of the sultry international leading ladies who were challenging the limits of screen sexuality.

Special Features

Newly mastered in HD from the archival 35mm elements by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung

The original German-language version with optional English subtitles

Film details:

Germany 1930 B&W 107 min 1.19:1

1920 x 1080p

Directed by Josef von Sternberg

Screenplay by Robert Liebmann, Karl Vollmöller and Carl Zuckmayer

Based on the novel Professor Unrath by Heinrich Mann

Photographed by Günther Rittau and Hans Schneeberger

With Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich