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Category: Drama, Music/MusicalNotable as: MusicSub-Category: musical film, drama film, film adaptationRuntime: 94 - 124 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: German, EnglishCountry: German ReichDirector: Josef von SternbergScreenwriter: Carl Zuckmayer, Karl Vollmöller, Robert Liebmann, Heinrich Mann, Josef von SternbergMusic: Friedrich HollaenderCinematography: Günther Rittau, Hans SchneebergerStars: Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Gerron, Rosa Valetti, Hans Albers, Reinhold Bernt, Eduard von Winterstein, Hans Roth, Rolf Müller Producer: Erich PommerStudio: Universum Film AGAward details: (details at IMDb)

The Blue Angel is a 1930 German tragicomedic film directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich and Kurt Gerron. Written by Carl Zuckmayer, Karl Vollmöller and Robert Liebmann – with uncredited contributions by von Sternberg. It is based on Heinrich Mann's novel Professor Unrat, and set in Weimar Germany. The Blue Angel presents the tragic transformation of a man from a respectable professor to a cabaret clown, and his descent into madness. The film is considered to be the first major German sound film, and brought Dietrich international fame. In addition, it introduced her signature song, Friedrich Hollaender and Robert Liebmann's "Falling in Love Again". The film was shot simultaneously in German- and English-language versions, although the latter version was thought lost for many years.

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