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I stumbled onto this movie late one evening and I was riveted to the end. It's usually the scene and era the film was created that catches my attention. The setting, story line and the contrast between Lola and the professor drew me in. Films of this vintage do that to me, and every once in a while leave a lasting impression.
I caught this movie early one morning by accident and already in progress - the point where he returned to the club to reclaim his hat. (I've promised myself to watch it next time from the beginning.) I was, however, immediately drawn into the movie's plot, partly due to the beauty of Lola, and partly due to the developing storyline. It was interesting to see the character development of Professor Rath who had just discovered the true emotion of love. The looming question was how the relationship between an established and highly respected teacher who had never experienced true love unfold with a cabaret performer who by her own admission was fickle in love and presumably had many previous lovers. Because of the stark contrast between the two main characters, something had to give - which was the real interest line of the movie - either she would have to give up her lifestyle, and her way of being, or he would have to give up his. This was the real essence of the movie. As the movie progressed, it became clear which path the story was unfolding and it was indeed heartbreaking to see the Professor slowly fall from a highly respectable person into despair and humiliation. This was a powerful movie with a stunning developing storyline. I found myself hoping Lola would come to her senses and bring the relationship together (similar to that in Greta Garbo's "The Painted Veil") but it was not to be. (My hope was founded in the scene where it appeared Lola was taken by Rath's advances and proposal of marriage and that his love would prevail over her mythology of past affairs.) But It became clear that Lola knew the relationship was doomed and drove that point home with the Professor when she openly embraced her former lover. That was the most painful scene in the movie - but precisely one of many scenes that made this such a great movie. Curt Jurgens was outstanding in this movie - I'm amazed he did not win an oscar for his performance. Highly recommended.
The Blue Angel: An Underrated Remake
I saw this version of the movie a total of one time, MANY years ago, and never forgot it. Although I very much appreciate the original, which made Marlene a star, I should very much enjoy seeing this very interesting film again. It really deserves to be better known. Curt Jurgens was wonderful in the part, and adds a new dimension to the professor character, since he is quite attractive. As for May Britt, this is the only movie I ever remember seeing her in! I hope TCM will air this film again in the very near future, as I'm sure it would be a revelation to a whole new generation.
The Blue Angel
Curt Jugens and May Britt in the movie "The Blue Angel" tells a story of how the very best could fall quickly, by getting involved in a situation that may leave you unaware, or unable to control of his/her feelings and emotions. This is a powerful realistic movie of the good and the bad. Curt Jurgens plays his role to the hilt.May Britt is so beautiful! I think this film is an superior upgrade of the older classic. I would love to be able to purchase this movie on a DVD or to watch it again. Althought, some teens might laught at the suggestion of watching an older movie, I would recommend it to parents as a teaching tool, to watch and learn from this classic tale. The moral of this story is as old as the beginning of time. I would rate this as an overall true Classic.I would not say that this is an overall tearjerker, but the story seems to bring out deeply moving, compassion, and symphathic feelings, that we can all relate to, and would hate to be in the same situation.
I LOVE HIM
- LOUISE CONRAD
HE CURD JURGENS WAS WONDERFUL I LOVE THE MOVIE BETTER THAN THE OLD ONE HE IS A FINE ACTOR I HAVE ALOT OF HIS MOVIES HE IS ONE OF THE BEST ACTORS I HAVE KNOWN I LOVE HIM
sad and pathetic look at human condition
i am 50 now, and watched this film back in the late 60's. i've not watched it again but will never forget the image of kurt jurgens when he finally loses his mind towards the end of the movie when the lolita played by matt britt finally drives him over the edge of sanity due to her brash treatment of this once proud professor who was considered, as were once all teachers and scholars at that time, as a man of honor and distinction who deserved everyones respect. it was painful to watch him completely humiliate himself in front of all in the blue angel. (he insanely starts clucking like a rooster!) i also remember the end after he has seemingly recovered from this mental breakdown and evenyually meets her again, and seems to have gotten over her. But you can see in his eyes that he's barly hanging on. I have seen both versions of this movie and have always liked this one better. I hope its released on video one day or catch it on tcm or amc.