July 19, 2013

The Blue Angel

Der blaue Engel, 1930. An old man falls in love with a singer.

Directed by Josef von Sternberg. Written by Carl Zuckmayer, Karl Vollmöller & Robert Liebmann, based on a book by Heinrich Mann. Starring Emil Jannings & Marlene Dietrich.

Concept: 1/4 (Bad)
Story: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters: 3/4 (Good)
Dialog: 2/4 (Indifferent)
Pacing: 1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography: 3/4 (Good)
Special effects/design: 3/4 (Good)
Acting: 3/4 (Good)
Music: 3/4 (Good)
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh, 2/4). Boring. It has its moments, but it's mostly just a lot of outdated moralizing. (I'm not even clear on what the moral is supposed to be. "Women are dangerous?" Or maybe, "Easy girls are fun to spend the night with, but don't get attached." Whatever it is, they never let you forget that it's the whole point of the movie.)
Objective Rating (Average): 2.3/4 (Okay)

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