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The Berlin Affair Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

In 1938 Berlin, Gudrun Landgrebe, wife of Nazi functionary Kevin McNally, begins taking art lessons. She makes the acquaintance of another student, Japanese ambassador's daughter Mio Takaki. Soon afterwards, the two women begin a passionate lesbian affair. This leads to a chain reaction of disaster and tragedy, culminating with the inevitable intervention of the Gestapo. Despite the film's galloping sexual passions, The Berlin Affair is an exercise in aloofness, keeping the characters at arm's length-surprising, considering that the director was Liliana Cavani, auteur of the erotic classic Liliana Cavani (1974). The film was based on The Buddhist Cross, a novel by Junichiro Tanizaki. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 26, 1986

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Berlin International Film Festival Liliana Cavani In Competition 1986 Nominee

Cast

Gudrun Landgrebe
as Louise von Hollendorf
Kevin McNally
as Heinz Von Hollendorf
Mio Takaki
as Mitsuko Matsugae
Hanns Zischler
as Wolf Von Hellendorf
Philippe Leroy
as Herbert Gessler
Andrea Prodan
as Joseph Benno
Massimo Girotti
as Werner Von Heiden
William Berger
as Professor
James Crompton
as Dr. Lipp
Pieter Daniel
as Edmund Meyer
Edward Farelly
as Bernhard
Claudio Lorimer
as Otto Bhuler
Enrica Maria Scrivano
as Lotte Englehart
John Steiner
as Oskar Engelhart
Jusaburo Tsujimura
as Spiritual Guide
Clara Algranti
as Ilse
Benedetta Fantoli
as Concierge
Silke Meyer
as Model
Tomoko Tanaka
as Ume
Benedetta Fantoli
as Concierge
Silke Meyer
as Model
Clara Algranti
as Ilse

Crew

Liliana Cavani
Director
Menahem Golan
Producer
Yoram Globus
Producer
Junichiro Tanizaki
Book Author
Liliana Cavani
Screenwriter
Roberta Mazzoni
Screenwriter
Dante Spinotti
Cinematographer
Pino Donaggio
Composer (Music Score)
Ruggero Mastroianni
Editor
Luciano Ricceri
Art Director
Maxi Hareiter
Set Designer
Alberto Verso
Costume Designer
Giovanni Corridori
Special Effects
Giuseppe Banchelli
Makeup
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