The Blue Angel (English Version) (1930)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Germany, 1930, .  Screenplay by , , , English dialogue by , based on the novel Professor Unrat by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

As dubbing or subtitling had not yet become a possibility, this film (like many of its time), was filmed in English and German with the same cast and sets. As in the German version, Emil Jannings plays a straight-laced professor who disapproves of his students spending time at a cabaret watching performer Lola (Marlene Dietrich in her starmaking role). When he goes there to drag them out of the place by force, he sees her and falls madly in love, marrying her and following her to his own ruin. It’s still the classic that you love in German, but for some reason the fire had gone out by the time they filmed this version; everything that’s fresh and dangerous about the German film, which still stands up today, is not as potent here. Fans of the star and director will want to see both versions, as there are slight differences in plot and editing that are worth noting.

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