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A Foreign Affair (1948) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Charles Brackett.

Academy Awards 1948 --- Ceremony Number 21 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyCharles B. Lang, Jr.Nominated
Best WritingCharles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Richard L. BreenNominated
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A Foreign Affair (Billy Wilder Blogathon)

By Kayla on Jun 22, 2014 From The Cinema Dilettante

A Foreign Affair (Billy Wilder Blogathon) June 22, 2014 / The Cinema Dilettante When Aurora and Kellee first announced their jointly hosted Billy Wilder Blogathon, I was eager to sign up. After all, with a career such as his, the hardest part would be narrowing down what movie I w... Read full article


A Foreign Affair (1948)

By Wade Sheeler on Feb 3, 2014 From Pretty Clever Films

One of Billy Wilder?s many skills was his ability to take fresh and atypical perspectives on familiar situations and exploit them for maximum humor and insight. Before Stalag 17, who would?ve thought to play a German POW camp with comedy and gallows? humor, or a man who falls so hard for a prostitut... Read full article


Cinema Style--Marlene Dietrich is a Master of Illusion in 1948's A FOREIGN AFFAIR

on Jun 3, 2013 From GlamAmor

For the recent TCM Classic Film Festival, I was honored that Turner Classic Movies asked me to introduce two films from the standpoint of style. The first was Billy Wilder's post-war project A Foreign Affair (1948). Of course Wilder is a wonder of the cinema, writing and directing some of the grea... Read full article


LIVE FROM THE TCM CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL DAY 2: “Libeled Lady,” “Notorious,” Hollywood Home Movies, “It,” “A Foreign Affair”

By Lara on Apr 27, 2013 From Backlots

Day 2 of the TCM Classic Film Festival got underway early this morning with screenings beginning at the 9:00 hour. Libeled Lady, my screening choice for this time block, began not long thereafter at 9:30, and this was one of the events I was most looking forward to. Libeled Lady is a read crowd-plea... Read full article


A Foreign Affair

By RBuccicone on Mar 1, 2011 From MacGuffin Movies

Foreign Affair (1948) I find it difficult to resist films featuring Marlene Dietrich or Jean Arthur but for entirely separate reasons. Whereas Dietrich is fascinatingly powerful and seductive in her typical roles, Arthur is adorable, innocent and hilarious. For the two of them to appear in a film to... Read full article


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Quotes from

Phoebe Frost: How do you know so much about women's clothing?
Captain John Pringle: My mother wears women's clothing.


Erika von Schluetow: We've all become animals with exactly one instinct left. Self-preservation. Now take me, Miss Frost. Bombed out a dozen times, everything caved in and pulled out from under me. My country, my possessions, my beliefs... yet somehow I kept going. Months and months in air raid shelters, crammed in with five thousand other people. I kept going. What do you think it was like to be a woman in this town when the Russians first swept in? I kept going.


Phoebe Frost: Really, Colonel Plummer... you should have your brakes relined!
Col. Rufus J. Plummer: [as she leaves, he scratches his nose with the middle finger, apparently flipping her off. it WAS Billy Wilder, after all]


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Facts about

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 6, 1949 with Marlene Dietrich and John Lund reprising their film roles.
Female stars Jean Arthur and Marlene Dietrich were in their late 40s when they shot this film. The leading man 'John Lund' however was a decade younger than both.
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