A movie shot in the pre-World War 1 period.
This movie is known as the emblematic of Weimar
Germany. Joseph Von Strindberg is the director
who was deeply influenced by the Hollywood film
ideology and its apparatus.
Blue Angel is the story of an eccentric absent
minded professor marrying a destitute vagrant girl
of a local cabaret. This turns his life totally. His life
long suppression of sexual desires manifest as a
sort of adoration of her feminine skills. He forgets all
his academic life and leaves it in a moment of
humiliation by his students. The very students were
the reason for his accidental visit to the cabaret.
The vagrant girl is the headline of this cabaret. She
is named ‘Lola Lola’.
The whole movie is taken in a working class
township. From the discipline of the class room and
monotony of Professor Rath, story progresses to
the anarchist world of cabaret and low art. From an
academician ‘Rath’ transforms into a weird clown
in the company of destitute and flesh traders.
But ‘Lola Lola’ and her instincts remain the same;
always she is attracted to new men. When
Professor Rath meets Lola for the first time a clown
is found roaming passively all over the cabaret. Fate
of Professor turns out to be the same, but he has
an alter ego that resist the subjugation of lat of his
ego to her libido. She treats him like a slave.
Many a people find the elements of Jungian
analytical psychology in this movie. There are some
scenes where Prof: Rath shows gestures of a child
in front of the charismatic Lola. It is sometimes
denoted as the subjugation to the anima of his
The film is a good composition of humor, tragedy
and transient states of mind. The film set is full of
stairs and narrow streets. Also we can see most of
the events in the movie is shot inside various indoor