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Video: Marlene Dietrich’s screen test for The Blue Angel

In 1929, Josef von Sternberg began assembling the cast for the first major German sound film – Der Blaue Engel. A classic of Weimar cinema, the 1930 film featured Marlene Dietrich playing Lola-Lola, a seductive singer in the local cabaret. Lola-Lola was, it has been said, a “liberated woman of the world who chose her men, earned her own living and viewed sex as a challenge.” The persona captivated audiences, and it made Dietrich an international star.

In this clip, you can watch Dietrich’s screen test for the film. Inhabiting the role, she gives the poor piano player an earful (essentially saying, “How the hell can I sing through this garbage with you playing like that?”). Then she works her way through “Why Cry at Parting?” and climbs on the piano, cigarette no longer in hand, and puts on a show…

— adapted from Dan Colman writing for Open Culture

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One comment on “Video: Marlene Dietrich’s screen test for The Blue Angel

  1. Jin Okubo
    March 8, 2015

    Reblogged this on Jin Okubo and commented:
    I both love and admire the cinematography of that time. Yes a lot can be done with today’s tech. But what they did without today’s tech was amazing. The actors as well. Look at that passion

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