Sunday, June 21, 2020

Film Spotlight: A Foreign Affair

Disclosure: I was given access to this film for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

A Foreign Affair film cover
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Recently I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy the classic comedy A Foreign Affair by the celebrated director Billy Wilder. The film is a sophisticated satire starring Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich and John Lund, and for the first time it will be released on Blu-ray in the UK on 22nd June 2020, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series from Eureka Entertainment. A Foreign Affair blends an intriguing mixture of romance along with dialogue that crackles with quick wit.

Jean Arthur, John Lund, Marlene Dietrich - A Foreign Affair
Above (left to right): Jean Arthur, John Lund, Marlene Dietrich
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This is the story of an Iowa congresswoman named Phoebe Frost (played by Jean Arthur) who arrives in post war Berlin along with a congressional delegation who have travelled over to investigate the morale of the American troops. She soon crosses paths with a fellow Iowan, Captain John Pringle (played by John Lund). For the sake of distraction, Captain Pringle woos Phoebe in order to keep her from finding out about this affair with Erika von Schl├╝tow (played by Marlene Dietrich), who is a cabaret singer and the suspected former mistress of a Nazi officer.

Jean Arthur - A Foreign Affair
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I greatly enjoyed this film and I will definitely watch it again. It is oozing with great atmosphere and is an intriguing trip to another time and place!

Marlene Dietrich - A Foreign Affair
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View a clip from the film here:

1948 | 116 minutes | USA | Comedy / Drama / Romance | B&W

  • 1080p presentation on Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary by film historian Joseph McBride
  • New video piece on the film by critic Kat Ellinger
  • Archival interview with Billy Wilder
  • Theatrical trailer
  • A collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; a new essay by critic Richard Combs.

Available to order from:


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