Blue Angel (1930)

Blue Angel (1930)

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Director: Josef von Sternberg

Cast: Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron

     
 

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At long last, the restored Josef Von Sternberg masterpiece The Blue Angel, which starred Emil Jannings and propelled Marlene Dietrich into the stratosphere, is available on DVD through Kino Video. This lovingly assembled two-disc set boasts a bevy of bonus features, and deservedly so, for this is one of cinema's all-time greatest films. One disc features the

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At long last, the restored Josef Von Sternberg masterpiece The Blue Angel, which starred Emil Jannings and propelled Marlene Dietrich into the stratosphere, is available on DVD through Kino Video. This lovingly assembled two-disc set boasts a bevy of bonus features, and deservedly so, for this is one of cinema's all-time greatest films. One disc features the slightly clumsy English-language version, and the other features the more popular German-language version, as well as all the special features (and a scene comparison of both versions). The German version, which boasts optional English subtitles, can be viewed with audio commentary by historian Werner Sudenhorf of the Berlin Film Museum. Included are two trailers, one for the film's original release (keep in mind this is Germany's first sound film), and the other for a '60s re-release. There is a splendid photo gallery featuring well over 100 stills, including posters, costume illustrations, and behind-the-scenes photos, as well as the "Blue Angel Chronicles," which consists of lengthy and detailed production notes and no less than 41 filmmaker/cast bios. Finally, as a massive treat for Marlene Dietrich's legions of fans, her 1929 screen test for the film is included (which finds the gal yelling furiously at a slightly inept piano player), as well as a two-minute 1963 interview, and three concert performances of Dietrich, taped in the 1960s and 1970s, as she sings "Lola," "You're the Cream in My Coffee," and "Falling in Love Again." This film is presented in its original full-frame (1.19:1) presentation, with Dolby Digital 2.0 sound.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Der Blaue Engel is one of the masterpieces of the early sound era, notable in using sound to enhance atmosphere and establish characterization. Germany in 1930 was in desperate economic turmoil from reparations following World War I, and the film mirrors the bleak, unhappy view of the future common in German society at that time. The story is a superb portrait of cruel, obsessive love and the unrelenting degradation that ensues. Director Josef Von Sternberg skillfully paces the film so that the descent of the Professor (Emil Jannings) is both believable and understandable. Indeed, it is clear that the camera adores Lola (Marlene Dietrich) every bit as much as does the professor. The film made an international star of Dietrich, and she is matched in performance by Jannings, in what is perhaps his best-remembered screen role. The film also launched the song "Falling in Love Again,"which, like the film itself, has amply stood the test of time.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2001
UPC:
0738329022624
Original Release:
1930
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
7,068

Special Features

Both English and German verions 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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Emil Jannings Prof. Immanuel Rath
Marlene Dietrich Lola Frohlich
Kurt Gerron Kiepert, a Magician
Rose Valetti Guste, his wife
Hans Albers Mazeppa
Karl Huszar-Puffy Innkeeper
Eduard von Winterstein Headmaster
Robert Klein-Lork Goldstaub, a Student
Rolf Muller Angst, a Student
Reinhold Bernt The clown
Hans Roth The janitor
Roland Varno Pupil Lohmann
Gerhard Bienert Policeman
Wilhelm Diegelmann Captain
Ilse Furstenberg Rath's maid
Carl Ballhaus Pupil Ertzum

Technical Credits
Josef von Sternberg Director
Emile Hasler Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Frederick Hollander Score Composer,Songwriter
Otto Hunte Art Director,Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Samuel Lerner Consultant/advisor
Robert Liebmann Songwriter,Screenwriter
Roland Petit Choreography
Erich Pommer Producer
Günther Rittau Cinematographer
Hans Schneeberger Cinematographer
Fritz Thiery Sound/Sound Designer
Karl Vollmoeller Screenwriter
Franz Waxman Score Composer
S.K. Winston Editor
Carl Zuckmayer Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1: German Version
0. Scene Selections
1. Opening Titles [2:26]
2. Prof. Dr. Rath [5:19]
3. "To Be or Not To Be" [6:21]
4. The Postcard [3:20]
5. The Blue Angel [5:09]
6. Lola Lola [6:51]
7. The Next Day [5:05]
8. "I Knew You'd Be Back" [6:09]
9. "I'm an Artist" [5:53]
10. A Little Shot [3:55]
11. Falling in Love Again [3:55]
12. A Sweet Breakfast [4:00]
13. "It Stinks Here of Garbage!" [6:10]
14. The Proposal [2:35]
15. Wedding Celebration [3:50]
16. "I Can't Stand It" [4:47]
17. A Big Star [2:57]
18. Sold Out [5:33]
19. Before the Show [4:31]
20. The Sorcerer's Apprentice [6:12]
21. The End [7:07]
Side #2 -- Disc 2: English Version
0. Scene Selection
1. Opening Titles [1:57]
2. Prof. Dr. Rath [5:37]
3. "To Be or Not To Be" [6:13]
4. The Postcard [3:08]
5. The Blue Angel [4:58]
6. Lola Lola [6:39]
7. The Next Day [4:50]
8. "I Knew You'd Come Back" [5:55]
9. The Dispute [4:53]
10. A Little Shot [4:24]
11. Falling in Love Again [3:37]
12. A Sweet Breakfast [3:55]
13. Resignation [5:29]
14. The Proposal [2:45]
15. Wedding Celebration [4:03]
16. "I Can't Stand It" [5:18]
17. A Big Attraction [2:59]
18. Sold Out [5:18]
19. Before the Show [4:28]
20. The Sorcerer's Apprentice [6:20]
21. The End [7:08]

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Blue Angel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Angela2932ND More than 1 year ago
**spoiler alert** I thoroughly enjoyed the way the main character seemed to become increasingly entangled in a situation. As the reader, I could see that he was compounding his situation step-by-step, and it felt like the reader had the privilege of not sharing in the protagonist's "blindness". I didn't see this book as a satire; I saw it as a horror story. My only disappointment was that it seemed the ending basicallly fizzled out, without a satisfying conlusion.