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226 Ratings


Directed by Ernst Lubitsch
United States, 1937
Comedy, Romance


Marlene Dietrich and Melvyn Douglas in “the ritziest of all the Lubitsch comedies: the most discreet, the most soft-spoken, the one with the most impeccable manners.”—James Harvey

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Angel Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

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  • José Neves's rating of the film Angel

    35mm, rewatched. Lubitsch at one of his various summits, supreme and sophisticated styling exercise of human comedy, curiously with several tangentials to Renoir's "La Règle du Jeu", that would be made 2 years later - "les beaux esprits toujours se rencontrent". A more laconic and romanticized variation than his previous ruthless ironies, with a hope that emerges as a sudden breakthrough inscribed in image: love.

  • Karthik's rating of the film Angel

    The mazy baroque of an English mansion vs. the airiness of a Paris salon; cavernous insides vs. breezy violet-scented parks; the settled rituals of a long marriage vs. the discoveries of infant passion : within these poles, where geography is meaning and every element of découpage bears startling expressive power, this masterpiece of Lubitsch conducts its beautiful dance of finding a path to moral generosity.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Angel

    A midpoint between Trouble in Paradise and To Be Or Not to Be, and not just chronologically. A love triangle forms and a monogamous bond is challenged/upheld in a Europe about to go to war, and the warmth and chemistry between the characters, including the minor ones, suggests that occupations and labels don't matter as much as wit or attraction. Fewer political conventions, more honeymoons. When do we want it? Now.

  • Catarina C Gomes's rating of the film Angel

    "Madam, I've found through life the days take care of themselves. It's the evenings that are so difficult".

  • nessmj's rating of the film Angel

    One of my favorite things about watching any Lubitsch film is how evident it is that he is in love with humanity. There is such a lovely light touch to conversation, to interaction, gestural nuances. He simply wants his characters to get along. Dietrich and Marshall's interactions as a married couple illustrate that while she may have fallen for someone else, it is not due to a lack of love.

  • Hugo Poderoso's rating of the film Angel

    Films where someone has an indirect phone revelation are always great: it happens in Seven Chances, in Back Street, in the Twin Peaks pilot, and it happens here.

  • Brendan's rating of the film Angel

    I severely underestimated this the first time. Words dance as figures pose in stillness. The few moments where the figures, in an outline of ecstatic light, dance are monumental ballets of what is captured, yet hidden, in the smallest movements

  • Howard Fritzson's rating of the film Angel

    I know this is considered a low energy Lubitsch but I got pleasure from it. Dietrich is, perhaps, not as animated as she was in the glittering, triumphant Borzage/Lubitsch "Desire" but she is still so attractive. Her two leading men are attuned to the Lubitsch rhythms. The big surprise is the stylish, subdued performance he gets from the notorious hamstress Laura Hope Crews (Aunt Pittypat).