A Foreign Affair (1948)

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In occupied Berlin, an army captain is torn between an ex-Nazi café singer and the U.S. congresswoman investigating her.


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  • Marlene Dietrich in A Foreign Affair (1948)
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  • John Lund in A Foreign Affair (1948)
  • Marlene Dietrich and Billy Wilder in A Foreign Affair (1948)
  • Marlene Dietrich and Billy Wilder in A Foreign Affair (1948)
  • Marlene Dietrich and John Lund in A Foreign Affair (1948)

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31 December 2005 | inframan
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| Brilliant! As relevant today as in 1948.
This is one of those comedies that will always exist in the stratosphere of wit, intelligence and truth. It pulls no punches about politics, greed, hypocrisy & opportunism and treats its audience like grown-ups. It is as applicable to today's congress and the situation in Iraq as it was to post-WWII Germany (to which today's politicians still make frequent comparisons). It also was the first film to unflinchingly capture the effects of the WWII devastation of Berlin.

And what a cast! Jean Arthur, surely one of the greatest of all Hollywood comediennes, Marlene Dietrich in a part to match her Lola Lola in Blue Angel, John Lund a great under-utilized actor with the wit and ruggedness of Clark Gable and Millard Mitchell, one of those character actors whose mold was sadly broken decades ago.

In my book this film ranks with Double Indemnity as the best work of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett.

Great songs by the legendary Frederick Hollander who actually appears here as Dietrich's accompanist.

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