The Blue Angel
Part of The Blue Angel's allure can be ascribed to the performance of Marlene Dietrich. This is the movie that made her a star. It wasn't her first movie. By this point, she had already appeared in over a dozen films. But director Josef von Sternberg instinctively picked up on her haughty-but-playful nature and determined now to best use her presence. Under another director's control, she might have become overbearing. But Sternberg allowed her facility for playing sexually alluring women to be balanced and complemented by her sophistication and cool exterior.
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