BLUE ANGEL (Der Blaue Engel)

BLUE ANGEL (Der Blaue Engel)

Based on the Heinrich Mann 1905 novel Professor Unrat.

In Germany’s first talkie, an elderly professor's ordered life spins dangerously out of control when he falls for a nightclub singer at arguably the sleaziest nightclub ever. Von Sternberg reverses the meaning of Mann's novel by making the professor a foolish, repressed victim rather than the corrupt and hypocritical exploiter of Lola as portrayed in the book. The film shows von Sternberg's interest in visual density rather than narrative vigour, creating atmosphere rather than narrative tension, and his preference for the expressiveness of decor and lighting over mere surface realism. Enthralling.

BLUE ANGEL (Der Blaue Engel)

  • Director: Josef von Sternberg
  • Year: 1930
  • Run Time: 106 mins
  • Country: Germany
  • Rating: PG