The Blue Angel

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“An authoritarian teacher (Jannings) meets Lola (Dietrich), a nightclub singer, and falls in love with her. He marries Lola and travels with the troupe, managed by Mazeppa (Albers), selling sexy photos of his wife. He becomes a clown and on returning to his own town and old classroom becomes aware of his downfall and tries to strangle his faithless wife.
“Erich Pommer, the producer, asked Sternberg to come to Berlin to direct a story that was felt to be particularly suited to UFA's great star, Jannings: the downfall of an honorable middle-aged man. Sternberg had to find a Lola and finally chose the then obscure Marlene Dietrich.... With feather boa, top hat, and black stockings over beautiful naked legs, she was a sensual and fascinating character who was more the star of the film than Jannings or Hans Albers. Her sexy voice, her song ‘Falling in Love Again,' and her appealing freshness made Marlene Dietrich into a new kind of vamp, one which she embodied for thirty years.... Jannings, as usual, is superb in his portrayal of the ruin of an honorable man.
“Blue Angel owes much to the cameramen and designers, who created an impressively German atmosphere and a sense of cabaret life. Its designs are derived from Kammerspiel, a style that had already influenced Sternberg.
“The film has little dialogue and the excellent songs integrate well with the action.”

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