Steve Martin’s adaptation of a 1910 German farce by Sternheim follows the fate of Louise Maske after the startling day when her underpants fall off in public, taking a wry look at propriety, notoriety, and 15 minutes of fame. Louise and her husband, Theo, a minor government functionary, are trying to rent out a room in their apartment to earn a little extra cash. Theo fears that Louise’s wardrobe malfunction at the royal parade may have ruined their public image, but the prospective tenants who shortly come calling find the lingerie mishap more titillating than repellent. A nosy neighbor encourages Louise to take advantage of the situation and have an affair, but her tenant-suitors keep getting distracted. What’s a model housewife to do?
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