Galway Film Fleadh | 7th - 12th July 2015
Academy Awards Arts Council

Galway Film Fleadh 2011 Programme

Director: Josef von Sternberg | Germany | 1930

The Blue Angel

The Blue Angel

Immanuel Rath, an old bachelor, is a professor at the town’s university. When he discovers that some of his pupils often go into a speakeasy, The Blue Angel, to see a dancer, Lola-Lola, he comes there to confront them. One of the most famous images in cinema is to be found in The Blue Angel: Lola (Marlene Dietrich), in revealing black suspenders, sits on a beer-barrel clasping an upraised knee with both hands while she leans slightly back. 


Though not Germany’s first sound film, it was at the time the most prestigious and expensive by far. Director von Sternberg had been lured back from Hollywood and, together with producer Erich Pommer, he set about making an adaptation of Heinrich Mann’s novel Professor Unrat. The technically dazzling result is a subtly claustrophobic study of a man’s downfall and a milestone in European cinema. 

Running Time 124 mins | B&W | 35mm

Producer Erich Pommer

Script Carl Zuckmayer, Karl Vollmöller, Robert Liebmann

Cast Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron

Production Universum Film (UFA)

Print Source British Film Institute

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