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Siskoid's avatar


There's a strong bird motif set up early in The Blue Angel - birds in a cage stop singing and die, and all that - but the twist is that Marlene Dietrich's burlesque singer isn't the bird in question. Rather, it's the stuffy moralistic professor who falls for her. As we track his degradation and loss of dignity, he will be forced to play the chicken for the cabaret players as well. Dietrich's character is mercurial and cruel, and perhaps a little unknowable. We're squarely with Emil Jannings' Professor Rath, but he's not necessarily sympathetic. Only in the way that fools are. What's the message? That show folk are a dangerous lot? That the women you are warned away from really are a menace to morals, enlightenment and the Patriarchy? Or should we go deeper to see Rath's foolishness for what it is - hubris. The Blue Angel is a tragedy in the classical sense where one man's self-importance, perhaps his notion that he can "save" the woman he loves, or that he can resist the corruptive influence of the world she lives in, is what draws him into the abyss. You can tell this is an early sound film because it tries to use sound to it advantage. I don't think the musical numbers are well served by the recording technology of the day, but the demented bird cries of the climax are well worth it.
4 years 2 months ago
abmannetje's avatar


It was good to see a very old movie with this kind of quality.
But you should be in the correct mood to see this. Take your time.
10 years 4 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


Brilliant masterpiece. Emil Jannings performance is incredible.
11 years 2 months ago
joachimt's avatar


@Life as Fiction (6 years ago): I don't know if the pages got switched some day, but at the moment I'm sure this is the German version. Here is a link to the English version:
5 years 8 months ago
armyofshadows's avatar


A sad, beautiful masterwork by Sternberg.
10 years 8 months ago
AfterTheParade's avatar


Indeed a masterpiece, full of stars. Stunning twists and a heartbraking ending, just the exposition is maybe a little bit too slow.
11 years 1 month ago
lorax's avatar


11 years 10 months ago
Forzelius's avatar


Reminded me of Der Letzte Mann a bit. Tragic but powerful.
2 years 8 months ago
Life as Fiction's avatar

Life as Fiction

This is the English language version of The Blue Angel. Below is a link to the more popular German version.
12 years ago
Life as Fiction's avatar

Life as Fiction

12 years ago
coffeejazzlofi's avatar


(comment removed by mod, please post in English)
6 years 3 months ago
adrieorchids's avatar


Aww...so heartbreaking...Damn women.
11 years 7 months ago
mightysparks's avatar


I would like to buy this film, not Blue Angels: A Year in the Life!
11 years 9 months ago
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