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The Blue Angel

Der blaue Engel

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Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Germany, 1930
Drama, Music
      German
      English

Synopsis

Professor Rath, the sexually-repressed instructor of a boys’ prep school, learns of the pupils’ infatuation with postcards depicting a nightclub songstress. Entering the shadowy Blue Angel nightclub to investigate the source of indecency, Rath is fatefully seduced by the smoldering Lola-Lola.

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With their seven film partnership, Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich traced a path of lush, scandalous romantic fantasies, of which The Blue Angel was their first. A masterpiece of relationship masochism, The Last Laugh’s Emil Jannings wilts before Dietrich, in her career-making role.

Synopsis

Professor Rath, the sexually-repressed instructor of a boys’ prep school, learns of the pupils’ infatuation with postcards depicting a nightclub songstress. Entering the shadowy Blue Angel nightclub to investigate the source of indecency, Rath is fatefully seduced by the smoldering Lola-Lola.

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The Blue AngelDirected byJosef von Sternberg
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Awards & Festivals

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Berlin International Film Festival
1989
1992
2012

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