Of the many films that I’ve been reviewing recently, A Foreign Affair, is a pleasure. And a new one to me.
Writing going back to 1929, Mr. Wilder moved to directing in 1942, and for the next four decades, became synonymous with quality productions. Some of the finest to come out of the studio system.
A Foreign Affair, a 1948 Paramount production, now controlled by Universal, per a point made by the superb commentary from Joseph McBride, was the second in a trilogy of films that Mr. Wilder made using the old country as a backdrop to the tale.
The elements that Paramount delivered to Universal on their old library, can sometimes be iffy, but this one stands out, and translates beautifully to Kino Lorber’s new Blu-ray.
It was shot by Wilder’s occasional go-to cinematographer, Charles Lang, in black & white. For a lesson in what can be done with black & white, see his work on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.
A worthy addition by every fan of Mr. Wilder’s work.
Image – 4.25
Audio – 4.5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Yes
While a good ways down on my list of Jean Arthur favorites, it was a good film and it will be nice to get to see it in solid shape.
Now, if Kino could only get their hands on "Ball of Fire" (1941).
With "Ball of Fire", we will finally have all of Billy Wilder's 21 Oscar nominations available on BD;
to which this work represents his bid for Best Screenplay (co-written with Thomas Monroe).