Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Blue Angel

The Blue Angel is a 1930 German film starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough (and sometimes parodied) role. It's a tragic story.

Youtube has it in German with English subtitles and with embedding disabled. Internet Archive has the English version (which was filmed at the same time):

There's still a lot of German, even in the English-language version.

1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die calls it "a tale of decline". says,
The film was a landmark for German film in the new medium of sound pictures and marked the beginning of a lasting professional relationship between the director and actress.
Roger Ebert says it "is intriguing for its glimpses of backstage life in shabby German postwar vaudeville, and for Dietrich's performance". It has a score of 94% at Rotten Tomatoes.

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