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

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 1, 1930
DVD Release Date: November 13, 2001
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Critic Score: 95% 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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Kenneth R. Morefield
Christianity Today

The classic tale of amour fou still holds up over eighty years later.

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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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Sean Axmaker

American director Josef von Sternberg went to Germany to direct Emil Jannings in his transition from silent to sound cinema and returned to Hollywood with an international hit and a new star: Marlene Dietrich.

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Variety Staff

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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Fernando F. Croce

The walrus and the mink, a Germanic love story

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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, magnetic… 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 V
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