A congressional committee visits occupied Berlin to investigate G.I. morals. Congresswoman Phoebe Frost, appalled at widespread evidence of human frailty, hears rumors that cafe singer Erika, former mistress of a wanted war criminal, is “protected” by an American officer, and enlists Captain John Pringle to help her find him…not knowing that Pringle is Erika’s lover.
The main impression left by “A Foreign Affair” is Billy Wilder’s nobility toward German people. With authentic magnanimity, he chooses to represent Germans as a pitiful people struggling to survive, not a cruel enemy to hate. The movie has an intrinsic historical interest, since it was filmed in 1948 Berlin, completely destroyed by bombs. As usual in Wilder’s works, the plot is beautifully constructed, the dialogue is witty and funny, irony, sarcasm and anti-rhetoric are spread along the movie. In the opening scenes we see army captain John Lund at the black-market, selling a cake, hand-made by his American sweetheart and coming from the States, to buy a gift for his Berliner lover Marlene Dietrich. By the way, Dietrich and most Berliner women seem to be on the verge of prostitution, just to get primary goods to survive in post-war disaster. Lund meets Jean Arthur, a US congresswoman committed in hunting nazi war criminals. As a matter of fact, we follow Lund’s attempts to destroy evidence of Dietrich’s nazi past: a behavior by the captain not exactly patriotic, nor ethic. The finale is deeper than it appears at a first sight: brutal tyranny, based on terror and slaughter, is doomed to be annihilated, buried under the rubble; pretty girls remain, helping us to spend our life on this unhappy earth.
IMDB – Nominated for 2 Oscars
Also known as: La mundana, A Mundana, Eine auswärtige Affäre, Det hændte i Berlin, Berlín Occidente, Berliinin raunioiden keskellä, La scandaleuse de Berlin, Floga kai pathos, Külkapcsolat, Scandalo internazionale, Een avontuur in Berlijn, Sprawa zagraniczna, A Sua Melhor Missão, Det hände i Berlin, Ljubezen na tujem, Günahsiz melek, Spoljni poslovi
File Name : A.Foreign.Affair.1948.720p.mp4
File Size : 818.15 MB
Resolution : 978×720
Duration : 01:56:20
Video : AVC (AVC), 900 Kbps, 23.976 fps
Audio : AAC (AAC LC), 77.6 Kbps (CBR), 48.0 KHz, 2 channels, 1 stream
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance