Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)
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Marlene Dietrich became an immediate international star on the strength of her performance as the temptress Lola Frohlich in Josef von Sternberg's classic tale of love and obsession. Professor Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings) is a strict and humorless schoolmaster who is shocked when he discovers the boys in his class have been spending their time at a sleazy cabaret called The Blue Angel, where an entertainer named Lola (Dietrich) keeps the men in thrall and sells suggestive postcards of herself. Rath goes to the club in hopes of catching his students and giving them a severe dressing-down,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The first film collaboration between Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich, this reeks with decay and sexuality."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"The film looks and sounds its age, but remains enthralling."
‑ , Time Out
"Dietrich's clinical detachment only enhances the fetishistic quality of the scene. There is never a doubt about who's in charge."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Director Von Sternberg does whatever is necessary to emphasize the moral decline of not only Jannings but also the community around him."
‑ , Film4
"A landmark early talkie that's marvelously outdated."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"If The Blue Angel is familiar material, it is also the sort of hing that Jannings does better than anyone else."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Not only is Mr. Jannings's and Miss Dietrich's acting excellent, but they are supported by an unusually competent cast."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"One of the first films to usher in sound in cinema, "The Blue Angel" remains an outstanding cinematic achievement that has influenced untold numbers of artists in all avenues of performance and exhibition."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Classic Con Sternberg drama which made Dietrich a superstar."
‑ Steve Crum,
"A seminal work in world cinema, it's best known as the movie that catapulted Dietrich to int'l stardom, but it remains one of the most powerful and disturbing studies of amour fou and sado-masochism."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"On top of the drawing power of Jannings comes the discovery of a new magnet, Marlene Dietrich."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"You can't hear 'Falling In Love Again' too many times."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"A remarkable performance from Emil Jannings."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"There's so much to note in this film, from the dance costumes to the use of the camera and von Sternberg's sense of humour"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Exceptionally high drama for its day, this tragic, tragic tale can tend to drag, but it's one of the best examples of well-realized filmmaking from the first half of the 20th century."
‑ Christopher Null,
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