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The Berlin Affair (1985)

 -  Drama  -  October 1985 (USA)
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Set in 1938 Berlin, Louise Von Hollendorf is the wife of a young Nazi diplomat who meets and falls in love with a certain Mitsuko Matsugae, an artist and the daughter of the Japanese ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gudrun Landgrebe ...
Louise von Hollendorf
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Heinz von Hollendorf
Mio Takaki ...
Mitsuko Matsugae
Hanns Zischler ...
Wolf von Hollendorf
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Werner von Heiden
Philippe Leroy ...
Herbert Gessler
William Berger ...
The Professor
Andrea Prodan ...
Joseph Benno
Tomoko Tanaka ...
Ume
Claudio Lorimer ...
Otto Bhuler
Edward Farrelly ...
Bernard
John Steiner ...
Oskar Engelhart
Enrica Maria Scrivano ...
Lotte Engelhart
Clara Algranti ...
Ilse
Benedetta Fantoli ...
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Set in 1938 Berlin, Louise Von Hollendorf is the wife of a young Nazi diplomat who meets and falls in love with a certain Mitsuko Matsugae, an artist and the daughter of the Japanese ambassador to Germany. Louise's husband Heinz soon finds out and tries to break up the union between his wife and Mitsuko only to eventually fall in love with Mitsuko also, while outside parties who include art professor Joseph Benno, Mitsuko's lover, and Heinz's cousin Wolf, a Gestapo officer, figure in which threatens to destroy the love triangle for good. Written by Anonymous

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A Very Dark and Heavy Romance, With a Wonderful Photography and a Beautiful Reconstitution of a Period
11 January 2004 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1938, in Berlin, Louise von Hollendorf (Gudrun Landgrebe) is a well married woman frequenting art classes. Her husband Heinz von Hollendorf (Kevin McNally) is a successful politician in a pre-war German and they have an excellent relationship. During the class, Louise meets Mitsuko Matsugae (Mio Takaki), an exotica and very discreet Japanese young woman, daughter of the Ambassador of Japan in Berlin. They start a friendship that is followed by a lesbian love between them. Mitsuko indeed is a very seductive and amoral bisexual woman and seduces also Heinz. This relationship ends in a tragedy.

This dark and heavy romance has a wonderful photography, and a beautiful reconstitution of a pre-war period. The cast has a great performance and this movie is really very underrated, maybe because of the polemical and excellent director Liliana Cavani. She had the courage of making the magnificent 'Night Porter', which offended many persons, and since them certain cinema critics have decided to crucifixe her work. The manipulated public opinion, based on these unfair critics, sometimes is induced to 'not-like' any of her films. 'Berlin Affair' is a film not recommended for all audience. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): 'Berlin Affair'


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