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Angel (1937) [DVD]

Marlene Dietrich , Ernest Cossart    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marlene Dietrich, Ernest Cossart, Laura Hope Crews
  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AZ4PSM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,031 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Risque 5 April 2010
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This is a marvellous romantic affair with Marlene as Lady Maria torn between her stuffy but upright British husband played by Herbert Marshall and the dashing stranger, Melvyn Douglas, she meets in Paris. Which will she choose? Dietrick is fabulously gowned, the male leads are splendid - both could do this sort of part in their sleep but do them wide awake. It is all highly polished, sophisticated and chic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful film 28 Nov 2013
By Peter
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ANGEL had some bad reviews (dull, stiff, talky etc.) but it is actually a delightful sophisticated movie (what can you expect from Lubitsch?). Dietrich is very beautiful and warm (for a change) and the rest of the cast are the usual Lubitsch favorites. The DVD came unbelievably fast, I think two days. I don't know where it was shipped from but thank you, it was appreciated.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Stylish" is the word... 14 Dec 2007
By Warren R. Davis - Published on
Some other reviewers are a bit harsh. The storyline is pure romance, and the setting is the rarefied salon society of the art deco period. Herbert Marshall is his most suave, and Melvyn Douglas his most charming. Dietrich is here the most beautifully portrayed among all of her films. Films of the period were not action adventures. For instance, another film made about this time, If I Were Free with Irene Dunn and Clive Brook, is similarly enchanting, but some other reviewers here would no doubt find it as "boring." But these were essentially period pieces depicting the grandly leisured society, and they do it very well indeed. These were quite interesting to audiences at the time, and, frankly, I find them engaging today. By the way, this was my introduction to Dietrich, too, and I was stung forever.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars STYLISH FARCE 25 Sep 2000
By Fernando Silva - Published on
I do not agree either with Maltin, nor with the other reviewer. OK it is no masterpiece, but this movie has the typical Lubitsch touch, and it's not boring at all. Lavish sets and costumes, Marshall in the typical boring-husband role, Marlene stunning, a delight from start to finish. Then try "Blonde Venus" and "Desire" (both with Marlene).
3.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB MARLENE !!! 7 May 2001
By Annie - Published on
I found this movie very underrated. I discovered Marlene thanks to this movie (and BORZAGE's "Desire"), and only after that, I saw the STERNBERG movies. For me, Marlene gave her finest performance thanks to LUBITSCH (and Billy WILDER's "A foreign affair"). I found her very touching and sensitive in "Angel". Of course, the story seems ordinary, but under Lubitsch's fine direction, it is not boring at all. And remember, BUNUEL's classic "Belle de jour" (with Catherine DENEUVE) is a remake of LUBITSCH's "Angel" !!! 3 1/3 stars !
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A LUBITCH MUSICAL WITHOUT MUSIC 29 Dec 2008
By Josef Bush - Published on
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This is a Paramount film, credited with a release date of 1937, not 1934 as is given here at, Dietrich's daughter's biography of her shows a few pictures from the set, all dated 1937. That was she year she was called Boxoffice Poison, along with Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Greta Garbo and Katherine Hepburn. It was all nonsense; a pretense like the one used when Metro wanted to replace Lilian Gish with Greta Garbo. It only meant the studios wanted to get rid of their established and highly paid stars, and hire some new ones at cheper salaries. They pretended their films weren't doing well at the box office when in fact they'd amassed huge numbers of faithful fans.

Angel's costumes are by Travis Banton. It was to be their final collaboration, and he did very well indeed by Dietrich, adapting the latest Paisian looks -- Chanel, Sciaparelli, and others -- to the newer, sleeker and almost military Wallis Simpson look that swept the world after the American advenuress married the King of England. The Herbert Marshall, Marlene Dietrich, Melvin Douglas fictional menage a trois captured the essence of the international situation at that time as England and the United States confronted the collapse of the European economy that happened largely because of the American financial diaster of 1929. The Depression hit bottom in 1933, so this escapist-romance movie took place only four years later, when things weren't really much better. The German hegemony wass going straight to hell.

Simple story: An expatriate Austrian woman is married to a noble British diplomat who frequently shuttles back and forth bettween London and the other European capitals. Though she lives in the lap of luxury, surrounded with every conceivable convenience, his loving wife becomes discontent. Her husband regularly neglects her, and although she cannot but appreciate her husband's work, she resents the time away from her it calls for. One day, in a fit of ennui, she decides to take the plane her husband often uses, to fly the channel and week-end in Paris. There, she visits one of her friends from her unmarried days in Vienna, a Russian noblewoman and expatriate who fled her country after the Revolution and now lives in Paris. This older, well-fed and extremely elegant woman has set up a kind of Salon for herself where for cash the tout Paris as well as visiting foreigners with lots of money, can recreate themselves in privacy, with people of their own class. They can drink, gamble, and form alliances with members of both sexes. It is only reasonable that the diplomat's wife should meet the beautifully dressed and charming Douglas there. And, mutually attracted, they establish a kind of emotional rappoort. This intimacy is characterized by a scene of the two of them sitting on a bench in wht looks like a garden or park, having a chat. I's late, and they are both formally dressed; he in a Tux, and she in an elaborate, gauzzy gown. Obviously they've just come from an evening of dancing at some ultra-posh nightclub or hotel ballroom. He wants her. She's interested in him, but she' a married woman and she leaves Paris immediately, without identifying herself. She's known to this circle only as Angel.

She returns home to her husband, and reumes her beautiful life. Then, abruptly, her American suitor arrives to visit one of his old friends, her husband, played by Herbert Marshall. They do not reveal their secret, but the suspense of the comedy is heightene by it. Eventually, the story comes out. The husband feels betrayed by both of them, and his wife, Dietrich, must make a choice between her husband and her lover. Finally, she does, and the movie ends with Angel's wings only slightly singed by the fires of illegitimate desire.

Its all typical Lubitch, and we've seen in since he began in Silents with -- what else? -- comedies of manners and morals. And, as his reputation grew, Lubitch the European, went on to direct a number of successful b/w musicals in the United States, some of which starred Maurice Chevalier. Almost all of them had what was called "The Lubitch Touch," which meant an amusing way of teasing the audience with contretemps between his -- usually bourgeois characters -- as they negotiated the complexities of adulterous or at least potentially adulterous romance. In many ways these comedies of Lubitch's remind one of the novels of Collette, as the musical film based on one of her novels GIGL does, featuring as it does, an older but still debonnaire boulevardier, Maurice Chevalier.

And so, although probably nobody in living memory has read or seen Melchior Lengel's play upon which this movie is based, we recognize that it so eminently recommends itself ot the musical stage, it seems remarkable that the material hasn't already been so transformed. But, its delicious as it is. Very handsomely mounted. Stylish. And funny in lots of charming ways.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning, not much else. 5 Dec 1998
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Dietrich decides to take a secret vacation from her husband (Herbert Marshal) in London, and goes to visit an old friend in Paris. While there, she has a brief fling with a stranger (Melvyn Douglas). Feeling that her relationship with Douglas is getting too serious, she rushes back to her husband in London. A few weeks later, an old friend comes to visit her husband, and who do you think it is? Thats right, Douglas. Awkward moments and boring dialog follow. This is definately a film for die-hard Dietrich fans only. As much as I hate to say it, this is definately not one of her best films. (thats my polite way of saying it is one of her worst) She is as beautiful as ever, covered in some of the most gorgeous gowns she has ever worn, including one that cost Paramount Studios $5000, which back then, was a staggering amount of money, let alone for a dress. Variety magazine wrote "Miss Dietrich is glamour in double dress. This time she is wearing eye lashes long enough to hang your hat on...".
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