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The crowning achievement of the Weimar cinema, The Blue Angel is an exquisite parable of one man's fall from respectability, presented in the recently-restored German version as a ''Standard Edition'', single disc Blu-ray.
Emil Jannings (The Last Laugh, Faust, Othello), the quintessential German expressionist actor, stars as Professor Rath, the sexually-repressed instructor of a boys' prep school. After learning of the pupils' infatuation with French postcards depicting a local nightclub songstress, he decides to personally investigate the source of such indecency. But as soon as he enters the shadowy Blue Angel nightclub and steals one glimpse of the smoldering Lola-Lola (Marlene Dietrich), commanding the stage in top hat, stockings, and bare thighs, Rath's self-righteous piety is crushed. He finds himself fatefully seduced by the throaty voice of the vulgar siren, singing ''Falling In Love Again''. Consumed by desire and tormented by his rigid propriety, Professor Rath allows himself to be dragged down a path of personal degradation.
Lola's unrestrained sexuality was a revelation to turn-of-the-decade moviegoers, thrusting Dietrich to the forefront of the sultry international leading ladies, such as Greta Garbo, who were challenging the limits of screen sexuality.
Excellent precursor to film noir. A distinguished college professor falls under the spell of a femme fatale singer with disastrous results.Published 12 days ago by Michael W. Rickard II
This film is a true masterpiece and the restoration is excellent. Emil Jannings portrayal is acting at its best.Published 2 months ago by rockabilly1
Deserves its classic status. This edition is crystal clear and has both German & English language versions.Published 4 months ago by James Cushing
I take a rather different view of this movie than do most reviewers. It is, indeed, well done and artful. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ron Braithwaite
A real classic. The story is fascinating, Dietrich is sexy and smart, and Jannings's performance will break your heart.Published 4 months ago by Barye Phillips