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Staff Picks: MoMA Movie Guide

Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel). 1930. Germany. Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Acquired from La Cinémathèque française and Twentieth Century-Fox

Best Collaboration: Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich, The Blue Angel

Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel). 1930. Germany. Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Acquired from La Cinémathèque française and Twentieth Century-Fox

The Blue Angel claims multiple firsts in cinematic history: it’s the first of six collaborations between director Josef von Sternberg and Marlene Dietrich, the introduction of Dietrich’s trademark song “Falling in Love Again,” and Germany’s first feature-length “talkie.” Charting the transformation and downfall of a strait-laced professor (Emil Jannings) as he falls in love with the cabaret singer Lola Lola (Dietrich), The Blue Angel is a haunting exploration of morality, possessiveness, and corruption at the end of the Weimar Republic.

Submitted by Isabel Custodio, Content Producer, Creative Team

Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel). 1930. Germany. Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Acquired from La Cinémathèque française and Twentieth Century-Fox
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