Jean Arthur, John Lund and Marlene Dietrich in A Foreign Affair (1948)
Jean Arthur, John Lund and Marlene Dietrich in A Foreign Affair (1948)
A Foreign Affair (1948)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

A Foreign Affair

Billy Wilder | United States of America | 1945 | PG


12 & 14 Apr 2021


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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.

Format: 35 mm, Black & White
Language: English
Source: Universal Pictures
Courtesy: Universal Pictures
Runtime: 116 mins

Event duration

116 mins




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ACMI, Fed Square

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