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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, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FI3H
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,415 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

This Special 2 Disc Set Includes:

Both English and German versions of the film
Audio Commentary (German Version only)
Marlene Dietrich's "Blue Angel" Screen Test
Dietrich Interview Footage
Original Trailer
Dietrich Concert Footage
Photo Gallery
Filmmaker/Cast Bios
Production History

Germany 1930 Black and White
Full Frame 1.19:1
Dolby Digital 2.0
106 Mins (German Version with English Subtitles)
94 Mins (English Version)

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 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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8 of 8 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
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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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I have liked this movies since I got a 16mm copy back in the 1970s in both German language & later English language version. I have since had a Laserdisc, DVD and now a Dual Format Blu Ray?DVD set from UK. The German language version has been restored but the English language version is still a bit rough, a sign of the surviving materials. There are extras like a trailer and a screen test with the star Marlene Dietrich and some Dietrich concert material round out this release. Also in the film is actor Emil Jannings playing a college professor who checks out the rough club Lola(Dietrich) sings and dances in after seeing post card that had some fluff glued to the panties of the girls and a whiff of air blows up the fluff. The Prof falls for the young Lola marries her and gives up teaching and joins the show!!!!! A lover of Lola is the matinee idol Hans Albers who had been on the stage with Dietrich. Also in the film(at Ufa in Neubabelsberg) was Kurt Gerron who died in a concentration camp in the 1940s.

Dietrich used to tell reporters that she had made no films before this one but this is far from true and I have some of them.

There is said to be a French version made at the same time but I can find no trace of it. Dietrich was fluent in French & English by the time she made this film, her last in Germany and on he day the film was released on April 1 1930 she was on the way to New York and Paramount to join Angel's director, Josef von Sternberg who had been on loan to Ufa for the film.
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