Stunning for the visuals of a bombed-out Berlin and a glamorous Marlene Dietrich, this is one of Billy Wilder's fluffier confections. It's sort of Ninotcha-esque in how Jean Arthur shows up in Berlin, fresh from Iowa, completely uptight and rigid, but has her head turned by John Lund (showing yet again what an amazing actress Miss Arthur was). Wonderful, evocative songs and an interesting story make this a winner. It's a shame that Jean Arthur only made one more film after this.
Particularly effective was a scene in which Marlene is walking with Jean and telling her what things have been like since 1933 and throughout the war - "do you know what it was like to be a woman in this town when the Russians took over?" The aerial views of a post-war Berlin are incredible, and there is a note at the beginning of the film that a large part of it was shot there.