A Foreign Affair
A Foreign Affair (1948)

This is story of a love triangle involving an American soldier, a congresswoman from Iowa and a German singer who meet in postwar Berlin.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 20, 1948
DVD Release Date: September 29, 1998
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

As usual, it's more clever than meaningful, but this 1948 film is one of his most satisfactory in wit and pace.

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TV Guide

A stinging satirical look at black marketeering in post WW II Berlin.

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Time Out

This may not be Wilder at his best -- the story develops along fairly predictable lines, with Arthur switching her starchy uniform for a glistening evening gown -- but there are some precious set pieces.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Despite its predictable story line makes for a somewhat enjoyable satire.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A dandy entertainment which has some shrewd and realistic things to say.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Lesser Billy Wilder with great actresses and a weak leading man.

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dark comedy set against the brutal backdrop of post-war berlin. jean arthur plays a stuffy american congresswoman who becomes involved with an army officer… More
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'A Foreign Affair' Provides the Laughs, Dahling This postwar comedy with Marlene Dietrich as an acid-tongued nightclub singer with suspected Nazi… More
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[font=Century Gothic]In "A Foreign Affair", Congresswoman Phoebe Frost, R-Iowa(Jean Arthur), is part of a congressional delegation sent to postwar… More
Anastasia Bartzoulianou
This may not be one of Wilder's major works, however, the spirit is here, and you can feel it: the German director and his fellow German leading woman have… More