Friday, 21 October 2011

movie classics by Marlene Dietrich

Lately I got intrigued by those movie classics and this time it's all about Marlene Dietrich. She was famous for her androgyne sex appeal and her smokey voice.
The movie I can't wait to see is "Der blaue Engel - The Blue Angel" from 1929.

"Glamour is what I sell, it's my stock in trade"
Marlene Dietrich
the plot:
The Blue Angel follows a respactable teacher through his decay to a cabaret clown for the sake of passion and love. His descent begins when he punishes several of his students for circulating photographs of the beautiful Lola Lola, the headliner for the local cabaret, The Blue Angel. Hoping to catch the boys at the club, Professor Rath goes there himself one evening and meets Lola.
Consumed with desire and determined to remain at Lola's side, he returns to the night club the following evening and stays the night with her. The next morning, reeling from his night of passion, he arrives late to school to find his classroom in chaos and the principal furious with his behavior.
Rath subsequently resigns his position at the academy to marry Lola, but their happiness is short-lived, as they soon fritter away the teacher's meager savings and he is forced to take a position in Lola's cabaret troupe to pay the bills.
His growing insecurities about Lola's profession as a "shared woman" eventually reduce him to a mere shell of the man he used to be, consumed by his lust and jealousy. 

Marlene Dietrich in quotes:
"Most women set out to try to change a man, and when they have changed him they do not like him."

1 comment:

Lady in Red said...

If you watch the movie, please choose the german version with subtitles. The dialogues in the english version are really strange and partial misleading!