Capital Celluloid 2020 — Day 124: Tue Dec 8

A Foreign Affair (Wilder, 1948): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 2.30pm

This screening (also being presented on December 12th, 18th and 28th) is part of the Marlene Dietrich season runnign right through December at BFI Southbank (details here).

Chicago Reader review:
An archetypal Billy Wilder plot, pitting idealism (a naive Iowa congresswoman, played by Jean Arthur) against cynicism (an ex-Nazi chanteuse, embodied, of course, by Marlene Dietrich) in the ruins of postwar Berlin. Caught between is John Lund, an American officer. Wilder's strategy is to play a bubbly romantic comedy in a mise-en-scene of destruction and despair. As usual, it's more clever than meaningful, but this 1948 film is one of his most satisfactory in wit and pace. With Millard Mitchell.
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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