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Directed by Josef von Sternberg

Germany 1930 108 mins. In German

The Blue Angel, German cinema’s first full-talkie following one of world cinema’s most storied silent film histories, shot star Marlene Dietrich to international fame and precipitated her move to Hollywood the very same year. The first of seven collaborations with director Josef von Sternberg, this expressionistic film follows a professor’s (Emil Jannings) descent into madness after he falls passionately in love with the cabaret singer Lola-Lola (Dietrich) one fateful night. This legendary work also features Dietrich’s signature song, “Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It),” appearing here for the first time. “Among the first enduringly great movies of the sound era.”—The Guardian. In German with English subtitles.

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