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The Berlin Affair (1985)

R | | Drama | October 1985 (USA)
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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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
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Herbert Gessler
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The Professor
Andrea Prodan ...
Joseph Benno
Tomoko Tanaka ...
Ume
Claudio Lorimer ...
Otto Bhüler
Edward Farrelly ...
Bernard
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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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Restrained, Elegant, Visually Stunning
12 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Liliana Cavani is a woman of literature. Here she takes Tanizaki's Japanese classic "The Budhist Cross" and transports it to Berlin in the oppressive 30ies. Nazi paranoia is on the look out, ironically, for deviants within German society. In this case High Society. As heads begin to roll more than one personality has something to hide. A study in juxtaposition of fire and ice, truth and falseness, faith and betrayal, Berlin Affair is not an 'easy' film but yes an intriguing one. All the characters seem to move and react with authentic 'period' ease, formal but never artificial. Gudrun Landgrebe is a revelation. Aloof but sensual she evokes the kind of respect usually reserved for the great 'stars' of Hollywood's heyday. Kevin MacNally reminds us of Dirk Bogarde, Mio Takaki is in no way the stereotype of Asian beauty, making her 'powers' seem all the more credible. Andrea Prodan as the 'blackmailing' Josif Benno creates an intriguing character with only a few scenes. In short, everybody is a 'victim' in this drama, which like a Webster play leaves us with a stage strewn with corpses. Adore the Sets,Costumes and pristine photography. A definite Visconti experience from Italy's dame of discomfort, Liliana Cavani.


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