Marlene Dietrich steals the show in Billy Wilder's wicked and pointed satire set in a bombed-out Berlin.
Billy Wilder, Richard L. Breen and Charles Brackett’s wicked and pointed satire about a congressional investigation into GI morals portrays bombed-out Berlin as a supremely corrupt black marketeers’ paradise.
Although the film stars Jean Arthur as a fish-out-of-water congresswoman negotiating the moral and cultural quagmire of the emerging Cold War, Marlene Dietrich steals the show as a slippery, Mephisto-like chanteuse.
A knowing reversal of the star’s renowned anti-fascism, it includes a wonderful score by Friedrich Hollaender who also features as Dietrich’s accompanist.
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