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The Blue Angel
 
 
Directed by Josef von Sternberg, Germany 1930
99 mins. German and English dialogue
 
Summary:
 
When the strength of a man's spirit cannot keep him from succumbing to the weakness of his flesh, tragedy ensues, as can be seen in Joseph Von Sternberg's powerful classic tale of lust and moral corruption that chronicles the downfall of upright and tough schoolmaster Immanuel Rath (Emil Jannings).  He meets his demise at the icy hands of seductive gold-digging cabaret singer Lola Frohlich (Marlene Dietrich in the performance that made her an international star).
 
What the Critics say:
 
"The first film collaboration between Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich, this reeks with decay and sexuality."  (Don Druker - Chicago Reader)

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