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The Blue Angel(1930)

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  • the blue angel

    • kevin sellers
    • 5/23/18

    If it's not quite as powerful, in my opinion, as other classic cinematic studies of sexual obsession like, say, "Double Indemnity" or "Lolita" maybe it's because the dull, stuffy Prof. Rath, unlike the smooth, sardonic Walter Neff or the witty, acerbic Humbert Humbert, is just not someone we care sufficiently about, so that when we witness his moral downfall we're interested, certainly, but not greatly moved. However, when it comes to the feel Josef Von Sternberg has for the tawdriness of late 20s Berlin and the allure of Marlene Dietrich...perhaps they're the same to him...there is no denying the artistry and genius of this darkly romantic director. Give it an A minus.

  • From college prof to a caterwauling trough

    • Jeff Boston
    • 5/10/18

    Depressing cautionary tale of how obsession can so easily lead to humiliation and ruin. Dispiriting, gripping downer of a straight-and-narrow teacher fully in control, and (some would say) a full-fledged control freak. He fully meanders and fully freaks out over (most would say) a freaky, full-bodied cabaret controller of freaks. He devolves (all would say) into a full-fledged freak. Rath's Jekyll-to-Hyde transformation began when Lola purred "You know, you're quite handsome."

  • no love..no peace.

    • a.morris
    • 4/27/18

    a formula for a story that was used many times before film. ideas that might seem quaint or silly. the general idea of the story will always be around ..because there is truth to it. in this the beauty is the beast.. and a lot of people went on to like her for it.

  • The Blue Angel

    • Goetan
    • 5/28/13

    The film that marks the beginning of a long-running relationship between director von Sternberg and star Dietrich. Dietrich became a sensation as the sexually unrestrained "Lola Lola," the object of affection for Janning's boy's instructor who becomes degraded due to his infatuation with her. von Sternberg's directing style is expressionist and filled with several ironic doubles to foreshadow Janning's fate. A dazzling drama that propelled Dietrich to stardom. I give it a 4.5/5.

  • The Blue Angel

    • Mark Sutch
    • 4/8/11

    ****

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    • Douglas Barr
    • 4/11/10

    It has only been recently that this masterpiece was discovered finally in its english version, & I am very much hoping that this will be the version that Turner Classics will play this April 25. The story for this film was written by Thomas Manns brother, but it is the film version (at least the German speaking one, I have never seen the English) that is so interesting, not just for Marlene Dietrich, but because of the camera work & the art direction. This was the final masterpiece from Ufa, I think the very next year Ufa would go totally nationalistic, reduced to making nothing but movies showing citizens how "lucky" they are to be citizens of the "fatherland". Blue Angel was the last in a collection of brillianty directed, camera work, art direction films that started 12 years earlier with 'Cabnit of Dr Caligary' & 'Der Golem'. Von Sternberg was brought in from Hollywood to direct it because most of Germanys geniuses were going to the USA themselves to escape the Nazis.

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