Essential Cinema: The Wilder Touch

A FOREIGN AFFAIR

Directed by Billy Wilder

USA, 1948, 1h 56min, 35mm

Essential Cinema  The Wilder Touch

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

The October 2 screening will feature an introduction by and post-screening discussion with writer and scholar Noah Isenberg, editor of Billy Wilder On Assignment and a forthcoming book about Wilder’s SOME LIKE IT HOT.

Set in the rubble of devastated post-war Berlin, this romantic farce concerns a visit by a U.S. Congressional delegation to the occupied city. There, the leading Congresswoman, played by the great Jean Arthur, unravels a plot to cover up an affair between a supposedly notorious nightclub chanteuse (Marlene Dietrich) and an unknown American officer. Filled with observations such as only Wilder could make about the clash of the Teutonic and Yankee mentalities.

A Foreign Affair

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