Archive for tag: Emil Jannings

Blu-ray: ‘The Blue Angel’

5 December, 2012 (15:35) | Blu-ray, by Sean Axmaker, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

The Blue Angel (Kino) – American director Josef von Sternberg went to Germany to direct Emil Jannings in his transition from silent to sound cinema and returned to Hollywood with an international hit and a new star: Marlene Dietrich. Not exactly what Jannings had in mind, but then how could he know that the theatrical […]

Silents Please: Shadows, Silence and Sternberg

26 August, 2010 (18:24) | by Sean Axmaker, DVD, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

3 Silent Classics by Josef Von Sternberg (Criterion) Josef von Sternberg is the great stylist of the thirties, a Hollywood maverick with a taste for visual exoticism and baroque flourishes (which prompted David Thomson to dub him “the first poet of underground cinema”). That’s the cliché, anyway, based largely on his collaborations with Marlene Dietrich, […]