Der blaue Engel

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    The Blue Angel follows Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings) through a transformation from esteemed educator at the local Gymnasium (college preparatory high school) to a cabaret clown in Weimar Germany. Rath's descent begins when he punishes several of his students for circulating photographs of the beautiful Lola Lola (Marlene Dietrich) the Show more... headliner for the local cabaret, The Blue Angel. Hoping to catch the boys at the club, Professor Rath goes there later that evening and meets Lola herself. Consumed with desire and determined to remain at Lola's side, Rath returns to the night club the following evening (to return a pair of panties that were smuggled into his coat by one of his students) and stays the night with her. The next morning, reeling from his night of passion, Rath arrives late to school to find his classroom in chaos and the principal furious with his behavior.

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    The first film collaboration between Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich, this reeks with decay and sexuality.

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    If The Blue Angel is familiar material, it is also the sort of hing that Jannings does better than anyone else.

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    On top of the drawing power of Jannings comes the discovery of a new magnet, Marlene Dietrich.

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    The film looks and sounds its age, but remains enthralling.

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    Not only is Mr. Jannings's and Miss Dietrich's acting excellent, but they are supported by an unusually competent cast.

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    You can't hear 'Falling In Love Again' too many times.

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    Dietrich brought to her role a haunting combination of freshness and world-weariness.

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    Intriguing for its glimpses of backstage life in shabby German postwar vaudeville, and for Dietrich's performance.

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    She smolders, she smirks, she fails to be amused, she dominates, she destroys.

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    Most impressive is Sternberg's gift of concision and elaboration. Glide and dwell, glide and dwell. He knows when to compress, when to intensify.

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