Artikelnummer 319

A FOREIGN AFFAIR (1948) * with or without hard-encoded German subtitles *

Billy Wilder Writers: Charles Brackett (screenplay), Billy Wilder (screenplay) | 3 more credits » Stars: Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich, John Lund

In 1947, a United States congressional committee led by prim Phoebe Frost of Iowa arrives in post-World War II Berlin to visit the American troops stationed there.  Phoebe hears rumors that cabaret torch singer Erika von Schlütow, suspected of being the former mistress of either Hermann Goering or Joseph Goebbels, is being protected by an unidentified American officer.  She enlists Captain John Pringle to assist in her investigation, unaware he is Erika's current lover.  After seeing Erika with Adolf Hitler in a newsreel filmed during the war, Phoebe asks John to take her to army headquarters to retrieve the singer's official file.  In order to distract her, John woos Phoebe, who initially resists his romantic advances but eventually succumbs to his charms.  Actually filmed in Postwar Berlin in 1947, much of it in the Soviet Zone, this film unwittingly provides a very accurate portrait of life in the conquered former capital of Nazi Germany inbetween the attempts at humor.

DVD-R is available either in English or in English with hard-encoded subtitles (please select above!). Approx. 111 mins. See film sample for audio and video quality!  

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