A Few Words About A few words about...™ Angel - in Blu-ray

Robert Harris

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Ernst Lubitsch has a very special place in cinema history. Working his way through acting (Max Reinhardt) and filmmaking in Germany during the silent era, his career in the Colonies began in 1923, directing Mary Pickford in Rosita.

Over the years, he became known for a certain sensibility - the "Lubitsch Touch."

I've never been certain precisely where that "touch" was in Paramount's Angel, which is an interesting film of the era, but never a great one.

It is a good one, as far as quality is concerned, and offers a commentary by film historian Joseph McBride, one of the top Hollywood biographers. He knows his stuff.

A pleasant, stable image, with a nice gray scale, and good blacks.

Lubitsch and Dietrich may not have given the cinema the same magic that came with her partnering with von Sternberg, but it's still a quality production.

Image - 4.25

Audio - 5

Pass / Fail - Pass

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