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The Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel) (1930)

  Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Written by: Robert Liebmann, Heinrich Mann, Karl Vollmöller, Josef von Sternberg, Carl Zuckmayer
Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings
Links: The Blue Angel on the IMDb, Buy the Book, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD
Genre: Drama

This movie gets: 6.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"They don't make 'em like they used to" - a review by pearly

Though I am a film buff, I have not seen and am not too familiar with many films made before the year of my birth. In fact, of the 401 films I have so far reviewed on this site, only three were made before I was born in 1977 (this being the fourth, and the earliest of all, by quite a long margin). In keeping with the slogan of this site, "A bunch of people you've never heard of review new and classic movies", I thought it only fitting that I attempt to broaden my horizons a little, so I hatched a plan to watch any film appearing on the non-commercial free-to-air stations which had been given a five-star rating by the one-and-only David Stratton, who, happily, has review snippets in TV Week, a stupid magazine which I purchase every week.

This film is the first I have seen in setting that plan into action. Starring Marlene Dietrich as a sexy provocateur, it seemed like as good as place to start as any.

The Blue Angel is a black and white German film about an entertainer by the name of Lola Lola (Dietrich), who works at The Blue Angel, a cabaret style venue that's a little naughty. Male students from a nearby high school frequent the place, and when their professor Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings) comes to the venue to try and catch the boys in the act, and take them away from this potentially damaging situation, he becomes entranced by the saucy Lola Lola.

I found it vaguely entertaining to watch this film, but I wasn't overly impressed by it as a whole. Though I admit that when I watched it, I was a bit tired (it was on very late), the film didn't hold my interest enough to stop me from nodding off for five minutes here and there. It seemed to move very slowly, and whilst I thought that the two leads worked quite well together, it certainly showed how acting styles have changed over the years - their performances could hardly be described as subtle.

This one isn't gonna top my list of favourites by any stretch of the imagination, but nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

pearly gives this movie 6 out of 10.
Review created on Fri 27 May 2005

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