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The Blue Angel (PG)* Tickets available on the door
Tue 18 June @ 8:00 pm£7 – £10
The Blue Angel (PG) – 1930, Germany, subs, 106 mins
Director: Josef von Sternberg
Marlene Dietrich is sensational in her breakthrough role as Lola Lola, star attraction of The Blue Angel beer hall. Raunchy, witty, self-possessed, Lola exudes erotic power. ‘Beware of blonde women,’ she sings, but no-one heeds this advice – neither her schoolboy fans, nor their sexually repressed teacher (Emile Jannings) whose moral outrage dissolves in lust.
Loosely based on a novel by Heinrich Mann, Sternberg’s masterpiece is a dazzling construct of enigmatic lighting, décor and sound, featuring real-life stars of Weimar cabaret (Gerron, Valetti) and the now classic songs of Friedrich Hollaender. For leftist critics it lacked satirical edge, yet it conjures a transgressive realm that recalls the paintings of George Grosz and Otto Dix.
An enduring classic; its subversive vitality is undiminished
Doors open for fine wines and all manner of drinks at 7pm. Film at 8pm