Der blaue Engel
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.
Don Druker The first film collaboration between Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich, this reeks with decay and sexuality.
Variety Staff On top of the drawing power of Jannings comes the discovery of a new magnet, Marlene Dietrich.
John Monaghan Dietrich brought to her role a haunting combination of freshness and world-weariness.
Stephen Hunter She smolders, she smirks, she fails to be amused, she dominates, she destroys.
Stanley Kauffmann Most impressive is Sternberg's gift of concision and elaboration. Glide and dwell, glide and dwell. He knows when to compress, when to intensify.