THE BLUE ANGEL - Vic Skolnick Remembrance



Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2 Sun, Jun 10, 2018 2:30 PM


Vic Skolnick Remembrance

Josef Von Sternberg’s


(Der blaue Engel) 35mm Print!

Stars Marlene Dietrich

Sunday, June 10 | Garden reception 2:30pm | Film 3pm

$11 Members | $16 Public

Join us for one of CAC founder Vic Skolnick’s favorite movies: Josef von Sternberg’s legendary classic starring Marlene Dietrich in her breakthrough performance as a beautiful nightclub singer who seduces a respectable professor.

The crowning achievement of the Weimar cinema, The Blue Angel is an exquisite parable of one man's fall from respectability, presented in the newly-restored German version. Austrian-born, American-schooled Josef von Sternberg went to Berlin to direct Emil Jannings in the actor’s first sound film. But the performer for whom The Blue Angel is best remembered is not Jannings but Marlene Dietrich. The film made Dietrich an international icon with the role of Lola Lola, a performer in a cabaret dripping with atmospheric Weimar sleaze. Lola’s coarse crooning, bold manner, and signature costume—white top hat, black stockings, and little else—reduce Jannings’s prim professor to a groveling, crowing caricature of masochistic compulsion. Lola's unrestrained sexuality was a revelation to turn-of-the-decade moviegoers, thrusting Dietrich to the forefront of the sultry international leading ladies, such as Greta Garbo, who were challenging the limits of screen sexuality. (Germany, 1930, 99 min., NR, German with English subtitles | Dir. Josef von Sternberg)