The first film collaboration between Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich, this reeks with decay and sexuality.
If The Blue Angel is familiar material, it is also the sort of hing that Jannings does better than anyone else.
On top of the drawing power of Jannings comes the discovery of a new magnet, Marlene Dietrich.
The film looks and sounds its age, but remains enthralling.
Not only is Mr. Jannings's and Miss Dietrich's acting excellent, but they are supported by an unusually competent cast.
| Original Score: 4/5
You can't hear 'Falling In Love Again' too many times.
| Original Score: A-
Dietrich brought to her role a haunting combination of freshness and world-weariness.
Intriguing for its glimpses of backstage life in shabby German postwar vaudeville, and for Dietrich's performance.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
She smolders, she smirks, she fails to be amused, she dominates, she destroys.
Most impressive is Sternberg's gift of concision and elaboration. Glide and dwell, glide and dwell. He knows when to compress, when to intensify.