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October 1985 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Gudrun Landgrebe ... Louise von Hollendorf

Kevin McNally ... Heinz von Hollendorf
Mio Takaki ... Mitsuko Matsugae
Hanns Zischler ... Wolf von Hollendorf

Massimo Girotti ... 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 ... Concierge
Pieter Daniel ... Edmund Meyer
Sarah Blum ... Cook
Silke Meyer ... Model
Jusaburô Tsujimura ... Spiritual Guide

Directed by
Liliana Cavani 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Liliana Cavani 
Roberta Mazzoni 
Jun'ichirô Tanizaki  novel "The Buddhist Cross"

Produced by
Yoram Globus .... producer
Menahem Golan .... producer
Michael Hartman .... executive producer (as Mike Hartman)
Mike Hartman .... executive producer
John Thompson .... associate producer
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
Cinematography by
Dante Spinotti 
Film Editing by
Michael J. Duthie 
Ruggero Mastroianni 
Production Design by
Luciano Ricceri 
Set Decoration by
Verde Visconte Di Modrone 
Maxi Hareiter 
Costume Design by
Jusaburô Tsujimura 
Alberto Verso 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Banchelli .... makeup artist
Production Management
Stefano Bolzoni .... production manager
Special Effects by
Giovanni Corridori .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Massimo Barbona .... grip
Paolo Leurini .... electrician
Marco Sacerdoti .... focus puller
Carlo Vinciguerra .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gudrun Leyendecker .... assistant costume designer
Other crew
Luciano Tartaglia .... production accountant
Gebhard Zupan .... location unit manager

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121 min | France:110 min | Italy:118 min | USA:96 min
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Fine Film From A Much Maligned Director, 6 March 2001
Author: Jay Fenton ( from Pittsburgh, PA

It has long been fashionable in critical circles to bash the films of Liliana Cavani. Her films tend to show sleazy low life characters---------even when they live in palatial mansions. Her controversial NIGHT PORTER was unjustly accused of being deplorable, and insult to the intelligence of the average moviegoer, an offense to Jews and women, and generally condemned by everyone of cinematic importance. For me, she is the modern purveyor of film noir at it's darkest.

THE BERLIN AFFAIR tells the story of Mitsuko, daughter of the Japanese ambassador to Germany during the Nazi era. She is publicly quiet and demure, but in private, flamboyantly bisexual and seduces the wife of a high Nazi official-------and eventually the husband himself. This leads to a rather unusual ménage a trois with each member of the triangle becoming more and more jealous of the others. Eventually, this self-destructive relationship becomes harder and harder to resist in spite of the personal dangers to the individuals and their respective families and political causes.

It would be easy to dismiss this film as another sleazy sex opera from Cavani. But a great deal is going on in this film---------politically, sexually, socially, racially and artistically. There is a definite message for those willing to see it-------and it would be more fun for each viewer to find it for himself. Ignore Leonard Maltin's opinion and decide for yourself.

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