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The Blue Angel: The Director's Cut [DVD]


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  • Actors: Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti, Hans Albers
  • Directors: Josef von Sternberg
  • Writers: Josef von Sternberg, Carl Zuckmayer, Heinrich Mann, Karl Vollmöller, Robert Liebmann
  • Producers: Erich Pommer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: 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: PG
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct 1999
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZIS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Professor Rath (Emil Jannings) discovers some postcards of a night-club singer being passed among his class. He goes to the club in the hope of catching some of his students but instead becomes entranced by the vampish beauty of the singer Lola-Lola (Marlene Dietrich). Josef von Sternberg's adaptation of Heinrich Mann's novel launched Dietrich onto the international scene, and includes her famous rendition of 'Falling in Love Again'.

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For director Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich it all began with The Blue Angel, one of the masterpieces of Germany's Weimar cinema. This landmark film thrust the sultry and unrestrained Dietrich on an unsuspecting international film audience. She plays the prototypical role of Lola, the singer who tempts repressed professor Emil Jannings (the king of expressionist actors) into complete submission night after night at the Blue Angel night-club. The film perfectly captures the masochism and degradation of the Weimar Republic, just before the rise of Adolf Hitler. And yet the moral confusion exhibited by Jannings is really due to his own torment. Dietrich is merely an instrument of his innermost desires, standing on stage in top hat, stockings and bare thighs singing "Falling in Love Again". --Bill Desowitz, Amazon.com

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Sep 2008
Format: DVD
I have owned and watched several versions of this film. I even have the film script. I would say that the Kino two DVD versions is the best presentation so far. I watched both the English and German versions I find the story depressing but the telling of it and the acting fascinating.

A real added plus is the commentary by German Film Historian Werner Sedendorf. He brought up information directly relating to the film at the time it was relevant. Then he left some berating room so you could absorb and experience the information. To many commentaries turn into soap-box discussions or rill in slow times with useful information that however is irrelevant to the film at the time. The film has so much hidden death and lost culture that after the commentary you will have to watch it again.

The English version is not really entirely English. Enough English is presented that the German in-between is clear enough to follow the story. However the German version is spoken clear without mumbling and lacks any slang that would force the casual follower to rush for a dictionary.

The basic story is as Federico Garcia Lorca describes in his play, "The butterfly's Evil Spell", death in disguise of love. Prof. Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings), a person afraid of life, starts out to save his students, who want to embrace life, from a fate worse than death. In the process he meats an entertainer, Lola Lola (Marlene Dietrich). She inadvertently is the instrument of the Professors downfall from grace.

The magic of the film is more in the telling of the story through acting, sound, and symbolism than the story its self.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. Napier-Kristiansson on 21 Feb 2008
Format: DVD
What is amazing about this film is that it made an accidental star of Marlene Dietrich and resulted in a later, complete reversal of fortunes for the film's originally-intentioned 'real' star, Emile Jannings. Dietrich was 29 when she made this, and it rocketed her to global mega-stardom, making her the first-ever, truely, German Hollywood star.

The Blue Angel showcases the glory of Germany's pre-Nazi, wonderful, Expressionist cinema, laying bare the reality of decadence with glimpses of the lingering poverty, dirt, social inertia, shabbiness, a post World War One legacy. The film strips the life of cabaret performers bare: it was often little more than giving a cursary veneer of acceptable artistry for the all-present seedy, sexual side, which Germany's rich had a voracious appetite for.

The film is a powerful reminder of how the high can fall and ruination can have a beautiful, sweet but deadly allure. The film truly shocked and provoked, was way ahead of its time, and songs like 'Ich bin die fesche Lola' and 'Nimm dich in acht vor blonden Frauen', encapsulate a breathy and naughty sensuality, which is far more shattering than anything we could ever dream of attempting now.

A seminal work and proof that Germany was THE powerhouse of Expressionist masterpieces before the tragic arrival of Nazism. If anything, Dietrich was one of the few who went on to vindicate the reality of the 'good' German.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Feb 2006
Format: DVD
This film is fascinating for many reasons but certain adjustments are necessary, first it was one of the first “talkies” and that accounts for the constricted sound quality, the limited but acceptable quality of the film, and directing style in transition from silent to talkie.
Blue Angel was filmed twice concurrently, once in English and once in German, this review applies to the German (considered the best version) with sub titles.
However with minimal adjustment for social morals of the late twenties and the film is thoroughly engrossing. Emil Jannings as the tentative Professor Rath teaching at a boy’s prep school, pathetically guarding his authority as a teacher is a beautifully acted portrait of a man descending into degradation and despair.
Lola as acted by Marlene Dietrich in her first and most unforgettable talking role is to my mind a wilful and thoughtless young woman. There is more of Sally Bowles (Cabaret) than manipulative dominatrix.
Marlene Dietrich’s screen test is fascinating as she sings “You are the cream in my coffee” sounding very like the adorable Annette Hanshawe who was at the height of her fame in 1929 (check out the CDs).
Also the songs filmed in 1972 show the astonishing beauty of the actress at the age of 71, almost more striking than her more plump appearance in 1929.
Don‘t be put off by the 1929 date, this film is timeless.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jan 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The first time I saw The Blue Angel was around 1970 in Los Angeles. It and "The Threepenny Opera" were for a long time my favorite films. Unfortunately the sound on the Blue Angel film is terrible, but remember that this film was produced only three years after the first "talkie". In any case it's good that there are English subtitles.
The film is about Prof. Emmanuel Rath, the high school teacher who falls in love with Lola Lola, the local night club singer. (I understand that someone thought the name Lola was sexy, so the name Lola Lola had to be twice as sexy.) He loses his job, and his self-esteem. Emil Jannings portrayal of Dr. Rath is superb. I suppose I should despise Lola Lola, but in Marlene Dietrich's portrayal, she is not only beautiful, but also rather sympathetic. In fact you can't help but fall in love with Marlene Dietrich in the course of the film. When she sits there on stage and sings for Emil Jannings up in the balcony, it's clear that neither he nor we have a chance against this enchanting woman. The song is the famous "Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt". The film is of course more than just this scene, but I'm afraid I'm going to wear out the tape at this spot, and my wife has started to complain as well, wondering if I'm not going to get tired of the film. My reply is "Never!"
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