Hello, hello, hello, all you rock ‘n’ rollers! Welcome to the City of Pittsburgh’s only magazine of blogging, karaoke, movies, sexy stories and topless women, such a lovely blend of topics.
Last night I found myself searching YouTube, trying to find a movie to watch as I stretched out on the sofa with two pillows under my weary head to listen to the local 24/7 talk sports show on the radio. Often times when I listen to the radio, I like to have images to watch at the same time. I don’t need to hear the film even if it’s a talkie. I just want the images. Last night I got lucky with The Blue Angel. This is what Wikipedia has to say about The Blue Angel.
The Blue Angel (German: Der blaue Engel) is a 1930 German tragicomedic film directed by Josef von Sternberg and starring Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich and Kurt Gerron. Written by Carl Zuckmayer, Karl Vollmöller and Robert Liebmann – with uncredited contributions by Sternberg. It is based on Heinrich Mann‘s 1905 novel Professor Unrat (Professor Garbage), and set in Weimar Germany. The Blue Angel presents the tragic transformation of a man from a respectable professor to a cabaret clown, and his descent into madness. The film is the first feature-length German full-talkie, and brought Dietrich international fame. In addition, it introduced her signature song, Friedrich Hollaender and Robert Liebmann’s “Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It)“. It is considered to be a classic of German cinema.
The film was shot simultaneously in German- and English-language versions, although the latter version was thought lost for many years. The German version is considered to be “obviously superior”; it is longer and not marred by actors struggling with their English pronunciation.
Of course, I’ve seen The Blue Angel before, but this time after watching the film I Googled Marlene Dietrich. She was a big movie star for a long time, but as her film career went into decline she was still in great demand as a cabaret/night club kind of singer well into her 70s! What an inspiration! I can’t wait to get back to Nico’s in Little Italy for karaoke the first Saturday night in March.
Now that I’ve brought into better focus the topics that The Gazette should cover (blogging, karaoke, movies, sexy stories and topless women), I’ve clarified in my own mind the “places” I should blog about: Armand’s, Nico’s and the University of Pittsburgh. I’ve been instinctively blogging about all three all along; but now I’m more conscious of doing it. Your conscious mind and your instinct should work together.
The two work together when I sing karaoke.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
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