In a small-town music hall, gorgeous Lola, who is forever “falling in love again”, does a chansonette act every night. Amongst the admirers of her erotically-spiced delivery are several grammar-schoolboys. When strict Professor Rath finds out about his pupils′ dubious source of entertainment, he decides to pay a visit to the disreputable establishment himself. To his surprise, he finds Lola – despite her ambiguous act – to be a woman with a heart. Their precipitate marriage makes the professor a social outcast and brings him ever further down the ladder of human degradation. His destruction is complete when the former scholar appears on stage as a clown at whom raw eggs are thrown. His life has lost all meaning, and, in desperation, he goes his somber way into hopelessness.
Duration: 99 min
Director: Josef von Sternberg
Screenplay: Robert Liebmann, Karl Vollmoeller
Camera: Günther Rittau
Editing: Sam Winston, Walter Klee
Music: Friedrich Hollaender
Emil Jannings Prof. Immanuel Rath
Marlene Dietrich Lola Lola
Kurt Gerron Zauberkünstler Kiepert
Rosa Valetti Guste Kiepert
Josef von Sternberg (*1894 – 1969) was born in Vienna and lived alternately in Austria and the USA. From 1927 until 1935, von Sternberg worked for Paramount Studio. There he staged the gangster film “Underworld” and the drama “The Last Command”, where he worked with actor Emil Jannings for the first time, who received the first Oscar in film history for his achievement.
Sternberg came to Germany in 1930 to create the first German sound film for the UFA: for the female lead role in “The Blue Angel”, he discovered the so far barely known Marlene Dietrich. Along with her, von Sternberg shot six more movies, among them classics like “Morocco” (1931) and “Blonde Venus” (1932).
Because of the Nazi’s rise to power, von Sternberg did not work for German production companies anymore. At the same time, his fame of the late 1930s started to fade in the USA. In 1947, von Sternberg started to teach at the University of California. In 1960, he was taken into the Academy of Arts Berlin and received the Bundesfilmpreis for his lifetime achievement in 1963.
Trailer URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1HaEQ6CZII