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This review is from: A Foreign Affair [DVD] (DVD)This Billy Wilder story is gloriously cynical and incidentally a reminder of just how horrific the wartime bombing of the German cities was. The opening scenes of ruined Berlin are appalling. Against the background the occupying forces enjoy themselves with the local women, playing the blackmarket and generally having a good time. Jean Arthur, a brilliant comedienne, sparkles as the straight laced congresswoman there on a fact finding mission whose laces come undone, and Dietrich is even better as an eternal survivor, the mistress of a Nazi leader who is being hunted and who comes out of hiding when the fact she is now the 'friend' of an American officer played by John Lund becomes known. The thriller aspect of the plot is rudimentary, but the film is not really a thriller anyway but a scathing look at what people will do and how they get away with it. Dietrich as a cabaret singer with a wardrobe to die for is extraordinary. But she often was.