Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)
Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) (1930)

When the strength of a man's spirit cannot keep him from succumbing to the weakness of his flesh, tragedy ensues, as can be seen in Joseph Von Sternberg's powerful classic tale of lust and moral corruption that chronicles the… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Marlene Dietrich steals more than one show in this backstage tragedy about a lowly professor besotted with a cruel and enigmatic singer.

Don Druker
Chicago Reader

The first film collaboration between Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich, this reeks with decay and sexuality.

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Time Out

The film looks and sounds its age, but remains enthralling.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Dietrich's clinical detachment only enhances the fetishistic quality of the scene. There is never a doubt about who's in charge.

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TIME Magazine

If The Blue Angel is familiar material, it is also the sort of hing that Jannings does better than anyone else.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

Not only is Mr. Jannings's and Miss Dietrich's acting excellent, but they are supported by an unusually competent cast.

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Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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.

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Variety Staff
Variety

On top of the drawing power of Jannings comes the discovery of a new magnet, Marlene Dietrich.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

You can't hear 'Falling In Love Again' too many times.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

A remarkable performance from Emil Jannings.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
What is most memorable in this first-rate tragic classic, apart from Jannings' superb performance, is Marlene Dietrich's incredibly enticing and… More
Devon Bott
Marlene Dietrich plays a showgirl who ensnares the heart of a college professor (Emil Jannings) in this pre-war german production. The sets are visually… More
AJ Verser
Why is it so hard for entertainers to fall in love? This movie is sad, but the story is good, especially the ending. Overall it's okay.
Sarah Gaish
Pretty decent German film.
Cindy I
This is a story about the devastating effects of a man who lets his heart override his brain. A classic of German cinema, right up there with M and Metropolis,… More
Byron Brubaker
My first experience watching a film on The Auteurs site. The quality was great. The subtitles were mixed up only a couple times. I loved it!! The German… More