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Der blaue Engel

Josef von Sternberg Germany, 1930

Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film The Blue Angel

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.