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Director:
Writers:
Helen Deutsch (screen play)
Paul Gallico (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
10 July 1953 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Happy-Hearted and Carefree Musical! See more »
Plot:
An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Sleeper Hit of 1953 See more (46 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Leslie Caron ... Lili Daurier

Mel Ferrer ... Paul Berthalet

Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Marc (as Jean Pierre Aumont)

Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Rosalie

Kurt Kasznar ... Jacquot

Amanda Blake ... Peach Lips
Alex Gerry ... Proprietor
Ralph Dumke ... M. Corvier
Wilton Graff ... M. Tonit
George Baxter ... M. Enrique
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene Conklin ... Whistler in Ballet Sequence (uncredited)
George Davis ... Workman (uncredited)
Jeannine Ducasse ... French Girl (uncredited)
Richard Grayson ... Flirting Vendor (uncredited)
Claude Guy ... French Boy (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Dorothy Jarnac ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Dick Lerner ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Concessionaire (uncredited)
Muzzy Marcellino ... Whistler in Ballet Sequence (uncredited)
Arthur Mendez ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Eda Reiss Merin ... Fruit Peddler (uncredited)
Nolie Miller ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Radcliffe ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Ruby Ray ... Whistler in Ballet Sequence (uncredited)
Reginald Simpson ... Workman (uncredited)
Charles Soldani ... Worker (uncredited)
Georgia Stark ... Whistling Solo / Whistler in Ballet Sequence (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Woman in Brown Whom Lili Waits on in Cabaret (uncredited)
Charles Walters ... Dancer (uncredited)
Fred Walton ... Whistler (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Walters 
 
Writing credits
Helen Deutsch (screen play)

Paul Gallico (based on a story by)

Produced by
Edwin H. Knopf .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bronislau Kaper 
 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Paul Groesse 
 
Set Decoration by
Arthur Krams (set decorations)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Mary Ann Nyberg (costumes designed by) (as Mary Anne Nyberg)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
Hugh Boswell .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Al Jennings .... assistant director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... swing lead (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Joe Edmondson .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Music Department
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Gerald Fried .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Brower .... technicolor color consultant
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Dorothy Jarnac .... choreography assistant
Michael O'Rourke .... puppets created by
Charles Walters .... choreographer
Paul E. Walton .... puppets created by
Jack Cole .... dance coach: Mel Ferrer (uncredited)
Dante .... magic advisor (uncredited)
George Latshaw .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Wolo Von Trutzschler .... puppeteer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
81 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Chile:TE | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #15985) | USA:G (re-rating) (1973) | West Germany:12

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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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Soundtrack:
Hi-Lili, Hi-LoSee more »

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34 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Sleeper Hit of 1953, 10 April 2003
Author: (tommyrockt@aol.com) from New York City

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.

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