Blue Angel, directed by Josef von Sternberg, was Germany’s first full-length talkie, a motion picture with sound as opposed to a silent film. The film follows the story of college professor who is undone by his attraction to Lola-Lola, a cabaret dancer played by German-American Marlene Dietrich. The film made Dietrich an international film star, and she continued her acting career in the United States. See full-sized image for analysis.
Grosz is one of the most important artists associated with the New Objectivity movement. His paintings and sketches often offered critical judgments of German society during the Weimar Republic. See full-sized image for analysis.