Immanuel Rath, an old bachelor, is a professor at the town’s university. When he discovers that some of his pupils often go into a speakeasy, The Blue Angel, to visit a dancer named Lola Lola, he comes there to confront them, but meets Lola herself…
Over seven films, director Josef von Sternberg and actress Marlene Dietrich traced a path of lush, scandalous romantic fantasies from Germany to Hollywood. The Blue Angel, their first film together, made Marlene a star overnight.
It's brilliant, I went through every emotion, tears to laughter and back again, so romantic, it could easily have ended halfway through but the last act is what made it masterful for me. The characters, script, acting, costumes, scenery, photography all incredible. I shall watch it again soon. I love MUBI!
Classic collaboration between Von Sternberg, Dietrich and Jennings that still holds its ability to enthrall and entertain. The film made Dietrich an international star but its Jennings who does the heavy lifting here with a tremendous performance as a professor who loses everything including his dignity in his misplaced love for a seedy cabaret artist. The film is often sensual and sexy but also heartbreaking.
An uptight professor (Emil Jannings), lonely and ridiculed by his unruly students, finds solace in a beautiful cabaret performer (Marlene Dietrich) when he visits her seedy nightclub in order to reprimand his students for attending. Entranced by her beauty, he soon loses himself in her world, throwing everything away for a life in the gutter. Powerful & wrenching, featuring a haunting performance by Jannings.
*The Blue Angel* rises above it's technical limitations into something so sublime. Sternberg's expressionistic direction is steeped in sleaze and atmosphere and Emil Jannings overshadows everyone. Even Marlene Dietrich. I can relate so well to the main character at times, I think we've all been where he is in this film even if not to such melodramatic extremes.
It is easy to see why this classic made Marlene Dietrich an international star.Emil Jannings is simply superb,making the last tragic,humiliating few minutes unforgettable.
And 'Falling In Love' is one of the best songs ever written for a film.
Josef von Sternberg's classic takes a while to really get into - it's hindered by the creaky pacing common to a lot of early sound films - but I was eventually one over by the depth of the characters, particularly Emil Jannings performance, and the rich, atmosphere and Expressionistic visuals. It's certainly dated, but still a classic.
Emil Janning's professor is masterfully written and portrayed. Coming from the silent era and the theatre, his style is beautifully carituresque, and yet subtle. An eternal film, one that lingers, and whose images will regularly appear in your visual memory. Sternberg was right, Dietrich had glorious legs.