The Blue Angel [DVD] [1930]

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.
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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


The Blue Angel
Marlene Dietrich became an immediate international star on the strength of her performance as the temptress Lola Frohlich in Josef von Sternberg's classic tale of love and obsession. Professor Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings) is a strict and humorless schoolmaster who is shocked when he discovers the boys in his class have been spending their time at a sleazy cabaret called The Blue Angel, where an entertainer named Lola (Dietrich) keeps the men in thrall and sells suggestive postcards of herself. Rath goes to the club in hopes of catching his students and giving them a severe dressing-down, but he instead finds himself entranced by the carefree atmosphere of the club, and is struck by Lola's earthy, sensual beauty. Rath finds himself strongly attracted to Lola, and she later entertains him in her dressing room. When word of Rath's infatuation with Lola spreads to his students, he is taunted mercilessly, and eventually Rath is dismissed from the school. While Lola agrees to marry Rath, she shows little affection for him and delights in humiliating him, making him her servant and forcing him to play a clown in her stage show. The Blue Angel was shot in both German and English language versions; the German is preferable, as most of the cast were obviously more expert in that tongue. Dietrich introduced her theme song, "Falling In Love Again", in this picture. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Emil Jannings
    Emil Jannings - Prof. Immanuel Rath
  • Marlene Dietrich
    Marlene Dietrich - Lola Frohlich
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    Kurt Gerron - Kiepert, a Magician
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    Rose Valetti - Guste, his wife
  • Hans Albers
    Hans Albers - Mazeppa
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