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Josef von Sternberg: The Blue Angel (Der blaue Engel) at BFI Southbank

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Time 20:45
Date 31/05/19
Price £8

The film responsible for bringing Marlene Dietrich to international stardom. This backstage tragedy follows a lowly professor besotted with a cruel and enigmatic singer.

Dates and Times: Friday 31 May, 14:30, 18:20 & 20:45.

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 (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.

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Q: It was no secret that Dietrich was fond of a little tipple. She was rather fond of one drink in particular - a twist on the Old Fashioned. In fact, Dietrich ordered this alcoholic beverage so much, the bartender at the Hi-Ho Club in Los Angeles named it after her. The Marlene Dietrich Cocktail was made with whiskey, orange curaçao, and Angostura bitters, shaken with ice, and then strained into a rocks glass with more ice. The question is... What country was her preferred whiskey from?
A: .1) Canada .2) Kuwait .3) Bangladesh .4) United Arab Emirates