Foreign Affair, A (1948)

A Foreign Affair (1948), directed by Billy Wilder.

A no-nonsense congresswoman from Iowa joins a junket to Berlin to survey the morals of the post-war occupying forces. She acquires her own nonsense and learns quite a bit about morals.

It's been a long time since I last saw this. I'm not laughing this time. If it is a romantic comedy, it is an excessively bitter one.

Why isn't it working for me?

On the good side: Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich, and Charles Lang cinematography.

Filmed on location in Berlin. As for The Third Man (1949), bombed-out rubble is distressingly cinematic in black-and-white.

Edith Head costumes.

A historical note: there is a passing reference to how awful times were for women when the Russians entered the city. This a glancing allusion to something almost never spoken of; see Soviet war crimes / mass rapes.