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Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
June 16, 2016
American director Josef von Sternberg went to Germany to direct Emil Jannings in his transition from silent to sound cinema and returned to Hollywood with an international hit and a new star: Marlene Dietrich.
Fernando F. Croce
July 26, 2015
The walrus and the mink, a Germanic love story
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
January 23, 2014
Dietrich's clinical detachment only enhances the fetishistic quality of the scene. There is never a doubt about who's in charge.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cole Smithey
April 12, 2009
One of the first films to usher in sound in cinema, "The Blue Angel" remains an outstanding cinematic achievement that has influenced untold numbers of artists in all avenues of performance and exhibition.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
July 28, 2008
A remarkable performance from Emil Jannings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

July 28, 2008
Director Von Sternberg does whatever is necessary to emphasize the moral decline of not only Jannings but also the community around him.
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
July 28, 2008
The first film collaboration between Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich, this reeks with decay and sexuality.
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TIME Magazine
July 28, 2008
If The Blue Angel is familiar material, it is also the sort of hing that Jannings does better than anyone else.
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Variety Staff
June 2, 2008
On top of the drawing power of Jannings comes the discovery of a new magnet, Marlene Dietrich.
Steve Crum
February 22, 2008
Classic Con Sternberg drama which made Dietrich a superstar.
| Original Score: 5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 21, 2007
There's so much to note in this film, from the dance costumes to the use of the camera and von Sternberg's sense of humour
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 12, 2007
A landmark early talkie that's marvelously outdated.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Emanuel Levy
August 7, 2006
A seminal work in world cinema, it's best known as the movie that catapulted Dietrich to int'l stardom, but it remains one of the most powerful and disturbing studies of amour fou and sado-masochism.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film looks and sounds its age, but remains enthralling.
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
January 28, 2006
Not only is Mr. Jannings's and Miss Dietrich's acting excellent, but they are supported by an unusually competent cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Null
January 18, 2005
Exceptionally high drama for its day, this tragic, tragic tale can tend to drag, but it's one of the best examples of well-realized filmmaking from the first half of the 20th century.
| Original Score: 4/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 30, 2004
A classic of the German cinema. Jannings is tragic, Dietrich is devastating.
| Original Score: 5/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
September 18, 2002
Static and dated, its only redemption is Dietrich.
| Original Score: 2/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 4, 2002
Though the film is hopelessly dated by today's standards, it does contain two powerful performances.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 22, 2002
Essential Sternberg
| Original Score: 5/5
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