The Blue Angel (1930) is the simultaneously-made English version of the first German "talkie", Der blaue Engel. Josef von Sternberg directed Emil Jannings and Marlene Dietrich in this film which charts the downfall of a man from upstanding professor to cabaret clown. Professor Rath (Jannings) starts frequenting the notorious club The Blue Angel after hearing about it from his male students. Soon he is mesmerised by showgirl Lola Lola (Dietrich). After a short love affair he asks her to marry him to which she revealingly responds by laughing. Despite Lola Lola’s reaction, they do get married. Rath quits teaching and, after his savings run out, he becomes a clown at The Blue Angel. The once dignified intellectual is now a pathetic figure to be laughed at. Only that the movie’s audience is most likely to pity him. I know I did. I find Rath’s downfall heartbreaking. This is a tragic story about the risk of letting us be consumed by unhealthy relationships which may even lead us to forget who we are.