Winter Nights Film Series: The Blue Angel

As part of their Winter Nights Film Series, the Indianapolis Museum of Art presents The Blue Angel, which catapulted Marlene Dietrich to international stardom. The film will be presented at the Tobias Theatre on Friday, January 8th, 2010 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $9.00 for Indianapolis people, $5.00 for IMA museum members and $7.00 for Indianapolis kids with a valid student ID.

This 1931 film directed by Josef  von Sternberg is basd on the 1905 novel by Heireich Mann. Set in pre World War I Germany, The Blue Angel follows the story of a repressed school master, Emmanuel Rath (Emil Jannings) who becomes obsessed with a prostitute and cabaret star Lola Lola (Marlene Dietrich). Rath comes to Lola’s nightclub with the intention of catching his students at the sleazy cabaret. When he arrives, however, he is instantly enamoured with the same object of his students lust. His obsession grows as he attempts to stay by her side at every moment. Consumed with desire, he sleeps with Lola. When he arrives late to school the next morning, still reeling from his night of passion, Rath finds his classroom in chaos and his principal furious.

As a result, he resigns his position and marries Lola. Unable to support himself and his new wife, he takes a job as a clown in Lola’s touring cabaret act. Constantly enraged with jealously over Lola’s profession as a “shared woman,” Rath is reduced to a shell of the man he once was. His dissent is only complete when he is ridiculed by patrons of Lola’s nightclub (the same people he once reviled). Running at 107 minutes, The Blue Angel is the story of a man’s descent into the arms of a temptress he cannot control, and ultimately a story about a man unable to control himself.

Video: Marlene Dietiech stars in The Blue Angel at the IMA, Indianapolis, Indiana


Marlene Dietrich’s performance as the temptress gained her international acclaim and made her the object of global lust. Her career skyrocketed after the release of this film. However, Dietrich is quoted as saying of her performance, “At the time I thought the film was vulgar and I was shocked by the whole thing. Remember, I was a well brought up German girl.” The film will be introduced by film historian Eric Grayson and preceded by a Betty Boop cartoon. For more information about this Indianapolis art event, visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s official website.

The IMA is a treasured Indianapolis museum precisely for this kind of unique and educational programming. Experience something different at the IMA. Make Friday date night. Bring a friend or lover to the IMA’s presentation of The Blue Angel. Before the show grab dinner at the Indianapolis restaurants in the near by Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. Afterward discuss the merits of German film making and the rise of sex symbols at any of these great Indianapolis bars in Indianapolis downtown.

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The Blue Angel
Friday, January 8, 2010
7:30 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art

4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208