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Plot: In occupied Berlin, an army captain is torn between an ex-Nazi cafe singer and the U.S. congresswoman investigating her.
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An outstanding, interesting, entertaining movie
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.
Post-war Berlin, Dietrich in a smoky cabaret, and some food for thought
What an interesting, conflicting film this is. Jean Arthur plays a congresswoman visiting Germany after the war to check up on the troops stationed there. Marlene Dietrich is a cabaret singer rumored to have been a mistress of one of the top Nazis, and now carrying on an affair with an American officer (John Lund). As Arthur probes into Dietrich, Lund tries to run interference by getting involved with her romantically, thus setting up a love triangle.
There are many great things about the film, starting with the footage of Berlin, which was still absolutely devastated by the war. It’s sobering, and even as we think of the atrocities Hitler and the Nazis committed, it’s still very sad. The film gives us an interesting window into the dynamics of post-war Germany. How does one sort out responsibility and guilt amongst the Germans? The simple question Lund asks Dietrich at one point, “How much of a Nazi were you, anyway?”, without deep accusation in his voice or even too concerned with her answer, has a lot of depth to it.
One of the difficult things to watch is American soldiers hunting down impoverished German women, and using material goods like chocolate to take advantage of them. It’s cringe-worthy on its own, and then more so when the behavior is explained by saying the men had been pushing the entire war, and now hard to control by just putting a stop sign up in front of them. It may be an honest reflection of reality though, and I loved Arthur’s criticism “In your admirable effort to civilize this country, our boys are rapidly becoming barbarians themselves.” Lest you be outraged that the Allies, the true heroes of this war, may be unfairly treated, don’t be alarmed – the American characters point out many sites of Nazi activity now mostly in ruins on a city tour, and allude to their atrocities. I thought the balance was good, and frankly pretty amazing considering director Billy Wilder was Jewish, and lived in Austria and Germany until leaving for Hollywood at 27 in 1933.
Marlene Dietrich is iconic, and as a German-American who had to be convinced to take the part of a Nazi collaborator since the idea was so repugnant to her, her performance is filled with soul and depth. I loved the scenes with her singing in the cheap, crowded, and smoky Berlin nightclub, and the move she makes to take a puff on a cigarette before putting in into her pianist’s mouth is silky smooth. There is something magical about her performances, and her world-weary, sophisticated character in general. And how ironic is the ‘grandfather’ comment an officer makes at the end, when Dietrich in real life was just about to become a grandmother?
I was intrigued by the contrast between Jean Arthur and Dietrich in the same film, and I loved the fact that they were 48 and 47, respectively. Unfortunately, I was less of a fan of Arthur here, and it kills me to say that. I think the biggest issue was with the role itself, which has her character going from serious congresswoman to puddle of goo after the smallest overture by Lund. Suddenly she can’t even dress or apply lipstick without his assistance, nor resist his advances. As an actor she ends up being caught in the middle – not serious enough to deliver a performance which would have further delved into the realities of war amidst the rubble, but not charming enough to be truly endearing. She just doesn’t have chemistry with Lund, and her performance of the “Iowa Corn Song” is not great, to put it mildly. The situation she ends up in following a raid of the cabaret is contrived, though how the love triangle plays out is reasonably good, and Arthur delivers in her somber moments.
Overall, a film that gives you post-war Berlin, Dietrich singing in a smoky cabaret, and some food for thought. It’s flawed and feels too light, but to show more of the reality of the devastation and squalor may have been too much. Wilder gets his points in, and tells us a story on top of it. It also stuck with me.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 56 min (116 min)
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director Billy Wilder
Writer Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Richard L. Breen
Actors Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich, John Lund
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 2 Oscars. 3 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm