The Berlin Affair

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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 The Night Porter (1974). The film was based on The Buddhist Cross, a novel by Junichiro Tanizaki.


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
Pieter Daniel
as Edmund Meyer
Claudio Lorimer
as Otto Bhuler
Enrica Maria Scrivano
as Lotte Englehart
John Steiner
as Oskar Engelhart
Jusaburo Tsujimura
as Spiritual Guide
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