Leonard Marnham is an innocent abroad in 1950s Berlin. An engineer with the post office he is sent to Berlin to work on an operation with the Americans to listen into the Russian phone lines.
Leonard is 25, and has never had a girlfriend but begins a relationship with an older German divorcee charmed by his innocence. But she has a violent alcoholic ex-husband, who Leonard imagines getting rid of by various scenarios.
The setting is the Cold War and the dawn of the Rock n Roll era, the politics is more focused on the friction between allies: the Brits and the Yanks than between the Allies and the Russians.
There is humour and some macabre scenes. The couple dance to the latest Little Richard records, but Otto, the ex is looming in the background and his eventual encounter with Leonard won’t be pretty.
My rating : 4 out of 5