Notable for being one of the first Hollywood films to shoot on location in Berlin Post-WW2, it often feels like two films fighting for the same space; one being a light hearted romcom and the other being a more serious exploration of Germany's post-war aftermath and surviving in it. It is not so successful at combining the two. That being said it features a roster of great Hollywood talent and its very well shot.
One of Wilder's least successful efforts. Love Dietrich and Arthur, but they both feel a bit at odds with their characters, Arthur especially. This is no More The Merrier, which she excelled in just a few years earlier. Lund is pretty much the definition of wooden. Awful actor. See High Society for another example of his mediocrity. That film is saved a bit, however, by Sinatra, Crosby and Kelly's beauty. 2.5 stars
'A Foreign Affair' (1948) was criticized when it came out for "moral bankruptcy", but seeing it today it's the film's compassion and humanity that stand out. As a screenwriter and director, Wilder had great wisdom in showing his characters' greed, hypocrisy and corruption without judgment, except to joke about it in a refreshingly irreverent way. http://www.brnrd.net/blog/archive/2008/05/23/illusions
Outstanding, on par with anything else that Wilder directed. The script from Brackett-Wilder is sarcastic, witty, and surprising to have made it past censors. John Lund is often cited as the weak link in the cast, but I enjoy his uncomfortable balancing to try and stay out of trouble. A great film, one of the first shot in postwar Germany, and one that deserves a higher placement in Wilder's body of work.