The only reason A Foreign Affair falls short of a truly great one is the ending, but really the film is miraculous in that it DOES succeed at combining comedy with post-war aftermath: the situation is bleak AND some situations are funny. 3.5 stars going on 4. (And how can Lund be regarded as the weak link here? )
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
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.