The Blue Angel

the-blue-angelRunning 99 minutes, The Blue Angel is a 1930 black & white Josef von Sternberg directed romantic musical starring Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings. In this film, an extremely prim and prudish educator Immanuel Rath, played by Emil Jannings, finds some of his students ogling racy photos of cabaret performer Lola Lola, played by Marlene Dietrich, and visits a local club, The Blue Angel, in an attempt to catch the students there. Seeing Lola perform, the teacher is driven mad with lust, eventually resigning his position at the school to marry his beloved. However, married life with a woman whose job is to make men desire her proves more difficult than Rath imagined. This film is the first feature-length German full-talkie film and brought Dietrich International fame. In addition, The Blue Angel film introduced Dietrich’s most famous (and her signature song), “Falling in Love Again (I Can’t Help It).”