Der blaue Engel (1930) was a Drama - Musical Film directed by Josef von Sternberg and produced by Erich Pommer.
Der Blaue EngelBy 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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Marlene Dietrich (Lola Lola) was, contrary to common belief, not the "star" of the film. She was not even a known actress. She was one of several students at an acting academy who were auditioned by director Josef von Sternberg for the role. Each of the girls was told to bring with them "a naughty song" which they would perform. Dietrich was so nervous and so sure that she would not get the role that she showed up without a song.
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.
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