JANNINGS'S reduction to poverty and dependence on. What's a girl to do? Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this Blue Angel study guide and get instant access to the following:. Coming Soon, Regal I should also mention the use of light, shadows and sets, as there is a little German expressionism here and there, and it's always effective. Coming Soon. CRITICS AGREE that The Blue Angel (1930) is a classic, but usually for misleading reasons. • What is most memorable in this first-rate tragic classic, apart from Jannings' superb performance, is Marlene Dietrich's incredibly enticing, magnetic presence - which not by chance launched her into international stardom -, but the film also looks and sounds a bit dated today. But the weight of this material, the subject of the film, should not obscure our view of Sternberg's treatment of that material, for it's his treatment that is crucial to the film's meaning, especially for Jannings and Dietrich. It's not her absolute best, but still, an entertaining film. There are no approved quotes yet for this movie. Love is all I know, I can't help it. |, July 28, 2008 One of my favorite moments was when Jannings stands up to an oafish naval man who rudely comes calling for her backstage, and her cool exterior is pierced in the instant she recognizes him for a gentleman who treats her properly. If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices. Completing the CAPTCHA proves you are a human and gives you temporary access to the web property. Jannings returns to his breakfast, but between the camera (now further from him) and his head a hanging lamp covers his face, obscuring it and pushing him back. We get the sense that Jannings has a good heart in an early scene where he whistles to his pet bird, but he's also pedantic and we can see why he's openly mocked by his students. As Jannings is forced to crow, we see Dietrich watching him, for the first time in close-up. ...part exploitation piece, part morality tale. Harvard Law School Makes Online Zero-L Course Free for All U.S. Law Schools Due to Coronavirus, For Kennedy School Fellows, Epstein-Linked Donors Present a Moral Dilemma, Tenants Grapple with High Rents and Local Turnover at Asana-Owned Properties, In April, Theft Surged as Cambridge Residents Stayed at Home, The History of Harvard's Commencement, Explained. Seeing Dietrich sing is fantastic, regardless of what people say about her vocal range. They won't be able to see your review if you only submit your rating. Once the party's over, the money's lost and the humiliation has set in, what leader, what purifying force can rescue everyone from this devastating shame, while supplying something of the same erotic, exalting excitement? • THE SCENE'S symbolic content is perfectly accessible. With Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti. The impingement of settings and objects on Jannings' security climaxes in a song sequence where Jannings seated in a theater box, is distracted by a ship's nude figurehead and other sexual objects. But I only saw the English version, and I almost wish I had seen the other one. |, September 10, 2019 Dietrich is mesmerizing, with a sexuality muted by her ennui, but alive in her mirthful eyes. All Critics (45) |, February 9, 2006 "Beware of blonde women, they're special, every one. It's a little ponderous as it plays out, but never boring. Coming Soon. His landlady comes in, takes the dead bird, and saying "no more singing" throws it into a Franklin stove whose open door reveals a brilliant light within. Here huge shadows and trap-like streets, in the finest tradition of German Expressionism, stress his fears of this setting, fears augmented inside Dietrich's dressing room by a clown and a "professor" of magic who implicitly mock Jannings' position. Despite the weight of this darkness, our attention is riveted to the personal drama on the bright stage. The sudden manifestation of death (which had existed before the film began) in the canary is part of the film's smooth flow, a dramatic event quietly noted and celebrated (in the bird's cremation). The room where he EATS breakfast is deep and flooded with light. Sternberg cuts to high-angle shots of the rowdy audience, instead of stage-level shots which would show Jannings on the same moral plane, and then as Jannings on the same moral plane, and then as Jannings comes on stage to a terrifying long shot of the stage, rectangle of light, surrounded by the darkened hall and crowd. Cinemark A little hanky-panky can be fun, but from their clutches you'd better run.". Joseph von Sternberg shot two versions of this film. The Blue Angel (Der blaue Engel) is a 1930 film from Germany's Ufa (Universum Film Aktiengesellschaft) studio, directed by Josef von Sternberg, loosely based on Heinrich Mann's novel Professor Unrat, and starring Emil Jannings.The film is considered to be the first major German sound film and it brought world fame to actress Marlene Dietrich..