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Der blaue Engel (1930) was a Drama - Musical Film directed by Josef von Sternberg and produced by Erich Pommer.

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By Janelle Vreeland on Aug 8, 2011 From Curtains

Der Blaue Engel (1930) This German gem is perhaps best known as the project that launched Marlene Dietrich’s film career and began her friendship with Josef von Sternberg. The plot is deceptively simple, Emil Jannings is Professor Immanuel Rath, a man who has dedicated his life to academics ... Read full article


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[singing]
Lola Lola: Falling in love again/ Never wanted to/ What am I to do?/ I can't help it.


[to stuffy Professor Immanuel Rath, who is dressed in a clown suit]
Lola Lola: Your boys should see you now.


Lola Lola: They call me Lola.


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Many actresses from the stage and screen were considered for the role of Lola Lola. Early contenders were Gloria Swanson, Phyllis Haver, Louise Brooks, Brigitte Helm, Lya De Putti, Leni Riefenstahl, Lotte Lenya, and many young German starlets. Director Josef von Sternberg had originally chosen Helm for the part, but by the time shooting was to begin, she was no longer available, so von Sternberg gave the part to Marlene Dietrich.
Marlene Dietrich's screen test for this film survives. In it, she upbraids an unidentified piano player for his bad playing and sings two songs, the first of which is "You're the Cream In My Coffee."
This was Emil Jannings' final English-language film (it was released in both German and English versions - see Alternate Versions).
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