Der Blaue Engel (The Blue Angel) Reviews
The characters were very, very interesting. Lola Lola was hot and so was her attitude. Great performance by her, for sure, but the professor was truly outstanding. The range of emotions his character went through was so expansive, and so excellently portrayed. Great performances all around.
The story was good, absolutely. Interesting, sexy, exciting, scary, tragic, and imperfect, of course. One thing I'm still adjusting to with watching old films is how insanely fast people fall in love??? It's like they have one good exchange and then they're embracing each other, grasping each other's biceps firmly with this abrupt burst of passion and commitment, touching noses. No one falls in love that fast. I don't know if their standards were different in real life back then or if they just hadn't worked out how to tell a story where love grows gradually instead of shooting up into the sky. It felt a little bit like lazy story-telling, but only on the romance level. The rest of it had normal pacing, for the most part. It had its slow, boring moments, but it wasn't too bad. I guess the pacing was kinda weird, rather uneven. The professor's change in character was gradual, foreshadowed, and it made sense- but other developments I found were much too abrupt, without explanation.
Anyway, I liked this film a lot. I do recommend it for a viewing. The conclusion was great, mildly disturbing. I wouldn't mind watching it again someday but I don't feel a need to include it in my collection anytime soon.
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Anyway, to the film. Like many others from this era it's best described post-silent, because the dialogue is sparse and everything is about the expressions. Von Sternberg is not quite Fritz Lang of course, but his direction is interesting, and the design suitably evocative. The story is an old classic, and well told, but the shift in tone is a little jarring and unbelieveable. However , I'm aware it's more of an allegory, so we can let that slide. Overall, a very interesting piece that stands out well despite being old ground (even then!), and you can't help but feel that were a similar film released today, all the accolades would go to Emil Jannings' character rather than Dietrich's, or at least hope so!