Der blaue Engel

Der blaue Engel

The blue angel

DVD - 2001 | German
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A middle-aged schoolmaster becomes infatuated with and marries a singer from a sleazy cafe. When she leaves him for another man he returns to his school as a broken old man, and dies.
Publisher: New York, NY : Kino on Video, c2001
Branch Call Number: German DVD
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (106, 94 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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May 16, 2015

OK. I'm just guessing here - But judging by The Blue Angel's decidedly wacky, off-kilter storyline, I'm pretty convinced that this German import from 1930 was supposed to be director Josef Von Sternberg's idea (as lame as it was) of a Hollywood-style "Screwball" comedy.

I mean, being a "Screwball" comedy is the only thing that explains so much about this film's nonsensical idiocy. 'Cause I could never, ever take the utter inanity that went on in The Blue Angel's story at all seriously. And I'd say that anybody who does take this film with a straight face is setting themselves up for a major disappointment, if you ask me.

At first I actually thought I was in for a real cinematic treat with The Blue Angel - But, alas, even the sluttified, 29-year-old Marlene Dietrich (with her plump butt and chubby legs) lost her overall appeal even before I realized what was happening.... (And, what would I say about Dietrich's singing!!??.... Oh, man, I don't even wanna get started on that!)

In many ways, The Blue Angel reminded me, more than anything else, of a poorly-choreographed, live-action cartoon. And actor Emil Jannings (the future Nazi-lover) was absolutely despicable in this film as the lecherous, old fart, Professor Rath.


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