Set in West Berlin during the Cold War, C.R. 'Mac' Macnamara (James Cagney) is a Coca-Cola executive given the task of taking care of his boss’ socialite daughter Scarlett Hazeltine (Pamela Tiffin). Suddenly, an expected two-week stay develops into two months when Scarlett surprises Mac by announcing she has married Otto Piffi (German star Horst Buchholz), a young East German Communist with ardent anti-capitalist views.

Featuring a brilliant performance by James Cagney and classic fast-and-furious dialogue, this hysterical, hilarious satire on American cultural imperialism is Billy Wilder at his best, and just waiting to be fully rediscovered. An interesting curiosity is that the shooting started before the construction of the Berlin Wall – but then one morning the wall went up, forcing the crew to relocate to Munich.

Screenings

  • Sat 26 Jan LantarenVenster 2
    English subtitles
    Tickets
  • Thu 31 Jan Cinerama 3
    English subtitles
    Tickets
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
Country
USA
Year
1961
Medium
DCP
Length
104’
Language
English, German, Russian
Producer
I.A.L. Diamond, Doane Harrison, Billy Wilder
Production Company
Bavaria Film, Pyramid Productions, The Mirisch Corporation
Sales
Park Circus Limited
Writer
Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
Cinematography
Daniel L. Fapp
Editor
Daniel Mandell
Production Design
Robert Stratil, Heinrich Weidemann
Music
André Previn
Cast
James Casey, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis, Howard St. John, Hanns Lothar, Leon Askin