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Proving that he can handle sensitive subjects with poignancy and humor, Billy Wilder’s A Foreign Affair stands out as an amusing education on the consequences of life in Germany in the aftermath of World War II. The Arial footage of Berlin used in the film was had me awestruck. So much destruction!
Using Arthur’s and Dietrich’s distinctly different comedic and dramatic deliveries worked surprisingly well together. The only drawback, for me, was that in comparison to someone like Dietrich, Arthur who plays neurotic well; comes off more to the extreme. However, this works in Lund’s favor as his character realizes the sordid mess he has fallen prey to and finds himself less interested in a siren and more interested in an innocent. If Jean Arthur is anything onscreen, it’s innocent.
Robert Osborne said that director Billy Wilder had difficulties with both Marlene Dietrich and Jean Arthur in the film. Wilder is quoted as having said, "I have one dame who's afraid to look at herself in a mirror and another who won't stop looking!"
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Bang The Drum Slowly (1973)
When she tries to make peace in her new family, an engaged woman falls for her fiance's brother.
Cast: Cher, Nicolas Cage, Vincent Gardenia, Olympia Dukakis Dir: Norman Jewison