MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 12,452 this week

Lili (1953)

Passed  -  Drama | Musical | Romance  -  10 July 1953 (USA)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 2,075 users  
Reviews: 46 user | 16 critic

An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (based on a story by)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 31 Dec 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 19 Mar 2013
 
a list of 22 titles
created 15 Jun 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 10000 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Lili" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Lili (1953)

Lili (1953) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lili.
Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Jane, a young French woman, pregnant and unmarried, takes a room in a seedy London boarding house, which is inhabited by an assortment of misfits. She considers getting an abortion, but is ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: Leslie Caron, Anthony Booth, Avis Bunnage
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Tomboyish outcast "Cinder" Ella and the duke's charming son Charles fall in love in this comedic rendition of the classic fairy tale.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Leslie Caron, Michael Wilding, Keenan Wynn
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

On a trip to France, millionaire Jervis Pendelton sees an 18 year old girl in an orphanage. Enchanted with her, but mindful of the difference in their ages, he sponsors her to college in ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Terry Moore
Gigi (1958)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Weary of the conventions of Parisian society, a rich playboy and a youthful courtesan-in-training enjoy a platonic friendship, but it may not stay platonic for long.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three friends struggle to find work in Paris. However, things become more complicated when two of them fall in love with the same woman.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant
All Ashore (1953)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Three sailors finally get some shore leave, and go in search of fun and girls.

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Dick Haymes, Peggy Ryan
Fanny (1961)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A love triangle between a young woman, a rich 60-something man and an aspiring sailor set in early 20th century Marseilles.

Director: Joshua Logan
Stars: Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Charles Boyer
Glory Alley (1952)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In New Orleans, prizefighter Socks Barbarrosa suddenly runs out of the ring before his title bout, and swears he'll never fight again. He gives no reason for his strange actions. His girl ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Ralph Meeker, Leslie Caron, Kurt Kasznar
Gaby (1956)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

This is a remake of the 1931 and 1940 versions of the movie Waterloo Bridge.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Leslie Caron, John Kerr, Cedric Hardwicke
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1848, a young Frenchwoman, Madeline Minot, goes to New York City to see Thevenet, the grandfather of her fiance. Thevenet had been with Napoleon and may be sympathetic to the political ... See full summary »

Director: Fletcher Markle
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck, Louis Calhern
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Mrs. Dubedat loves and idolizes her artist husband, Louis, but he is dying of tuberculosis. She goes to a doctor and convinces him to save her husband. The doctor can keep only so many ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Leslie Caron, Dirk Bogarde, Alastair Sim
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sam Gallagher (Pat O'Brien), a former foreign correspondent and now a United States Government agent, gets a job through his brother Jeff (Chester Morris), whom he has not seen in seven ... See full summary »

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Carole Landis, Chester Morris
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Marc (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
...
...
...
Peach Lips
Alex Gerry ...
Proprietor
Ralph Dumke ...
M. Corvier
Wilton Graff ...
M. Tonit
George Baxter ...
M. Enrique
Edit

Storyline

Members of a circus troupe "adopt" Lili Daurier when she finds herself stranded in a strange town. The magician who first comes to her rescue already has romantic entanglements and thinks of her as a little girl. Who can she turn to but the puppets, singing to them her troubles, forgetting that there are puppeteers. A crowd gathers around Lili as she sings. The circus has a new act. She now has a job. Will she get her heart's desire? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Happy-Hearted and Carefree Musical! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 July 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Karnaval Kizi  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The earliest known appearance of the "smiley" emoticon, :-), was in an ad for this film in the New York Herald Tribune on 10 March 1953, page 20, columns 4-6. The film opened nationwide, and this ad possibly ran in many newspapers. It read: Today You'll laugh :-) You'll cry :-( You'll love <3 'Lili'" This should not be confused with the graphical yellow "smiley face", which was first drawn by Harvey Ball some 10 years later. See more »

Goofs

When Marc plays a magic trick with his cigarette at the notions store, he actually burns Lili's hand, right before playing the trick. We can see Lili jerking her hand apart, but she keeps on watching Marc as if nothing has happened. See more »

Quotes

Jacquot: What the devil is the matter with you? You're in love with the girl and she's in love with someone else. This sort of thing happens all the time; people don't *die* of love. You'll recover... But meanwhile can't you be civilized about it?
See more »


Soundtracks

Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Helen Deutsch
Played often in the score
Performed by Leslie Caron (uncredited) and Mel Ferrer (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Sleeper Hit of 1953
10 April 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

LILI, the 1953 film starring Leslie Caron in the title role, is one of the first examples of a screenplay being turned into a stage musical (CARNIVAL). Though it is common these days for Broadway to find inspiration in film sources, it was highly unusual at the time. It began life as a short story, with inspiration from the KOOKLA, FRAN AND OLLIE television program. Later made into a dark and unusual novella of sexual awakening, the tale was then adapted for the screen as LILI, a film which became the sleeper hit of 1953, eventually running in the same New York City theatre for almost 2 years. It's one, beautifully utilized song, "Hi Lili, Hi Lo" was an enormous hit and contributed to LILI's popularity.

The story, concerning the sexual and emotional coming of age of a young French girl, is unusual for its Freudian overtones and stark emotional mood. When young Lili (Leslie Caron in a gorgeously crafted and heartbreaking performance) comes to a small French village, looking for a family friend, she is devastated to learn that he has died. Without friends or family, she begs a job from a local merchant who sees her desperation as a sexual opportunity. When the merchant tries to rape Lili, she is saved by Marc, the handsome magician of a traveling carnival (Jean-Pierre Aumont). On Marc she foists all of her adult and childhood needs, her bursting sexuality along with her need to be cared for and loved. Eventually she begins working with the carnival but proves a terrible disappointment as a waitress in the carnival cafe. Lonely and desperate, she attempts to kill herself but is saved once again; this time by Paul the carnival puppeteer (a dashing Mel Ferrer in a fine performance) who speaks to her through his puppets, kindly Carrot Top, vain Marguerite, wily Reynaldo the Fox and innocent Horrible Henry the Giant. Paul, a former dancer, crippled years earlier in an accident, is full of anger and resentment but takes pity on Lili, who is so charmed by the puppets that, like a child, she forgets his presence.

The film explores their turbulent relationship as Lili becomes the star of the Carnival, charming patrons with an uncanny ability to speak to the puppets as if they are real. Complications arise as Paul begins to realize his own affection for Lili, while Lili continues to be infatuated with the magician, who's assistant (Zsa Zsa Gabor) is his wife.

With fine performances all around and an unusual atmosphere, the film has something of a cult following and is highly regarded for its frank and emotional nature. With its full-color cinematography, adorable puppets and carnival setting, this film might be mistaken for a children's story but deals, rather, with powerful adult themes. LILI may seem tame by today's standards, but given the conservativism of the 1950's as well as the strict production code in force at the time, LILI is rather shocking.

There is a very unusual dream sequence late in the movie which attempts to explore certain aspects of Lili's psyche through dance. This sequence is not entirely successful, but manages to get its point across and leads directly to the film's moving final moment. It's subtle treatment of a difficult subject is inspiring. The loss of innocence, the retreat from childhood and the desperate need for someone to love prove compelling subjects in a film that is, though imperfect, haunting.


34 of 43 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why is this movie so unknown? It's on an 'obscure movie' game thecallalilies
Do you LOVE this movie? hartflixs
is it out on dvd? loserface999999
Recommendations jessecooperlevy
Sweet movie clanhar
29 YO male take Dylan_Gilliam
Discuss Lili (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?