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Big screen classics

The Blue Angel

Der blaue Engel

The compelling Marlene Dietrich plays a cabaret star who brings a man to ruin.

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Germany 1930
Dir Josef von Sternberg
With Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings, Hans Albers
English subtitles
Certificate PG

The first of Sternberg’s series of films with Dietrich is also one of the cinema’s first great studies of obsessive desire and masochistic humiliation. She plays cabaret star Lola Lola, for whom a hitherto utterly respectable teacher (Jannings, on top form) falls head over heels; his feelings, perhaps inevitably, are not reciprocated, but mercilessly exploited... Tragedy or black comedy? Impressively, it’s both.


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