In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks that 'Willie' is also a Nazi ... See full summary »

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David Mendelsson
Karl-Heinz von Hassel ...
Henkel (as Karl Heinz von Hassel)
Erik Schumann ...
von Strehlow
Hark Bohm ...
Taschner
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Aaron
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Anna Lederer
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Miriam
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Roger Fritz ...
Kauffmann
Rainer Will ...
Bernt
Raúl Gimenez ...
Blonsky (as Raul Giminez)
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Ginsberg
Willy Harlander ...
Prosel
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In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks that 'Willie' is also a Nazi and may be a risk for them. One day 'Willie' helps 'Robert' but has to stay in Germany. As Willie starts to sing the song 'Lili Marleen' she becomes very famous and every soldier hears that song via radio at 8 pm. Although even Hitler wants to meet her she still does not forget 'Robert' and helps to smuggle photos of concentration camps to the free Switzerland. When 'Robert' wants to visit her he is captured he can finally get free again but he will never see Willie again until war is over. Written by Marco Louis <Alouisius@hotline.pfalz.de>

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Drama | Music | Romance | War

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14 January 1981 (West Germany)  »

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Lili Marlene  »

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DEM 10,500,000 (estimated)
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West Germany's official Foreign Language Film submission at the 54th Academy Awards. The film failed to be nominated. See more »

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After having tried to commit suicide, Willi is seen performing "Lili Marleen" in the Berlin Sportpalast as part of a deal with the Nazis, dazzlingly dressed up in front of thousands, and the event is transmitted live. Then suddenly all is held up by the announcement that all German forces have surrendered (VE Day, May 8, 1945). Of course, in the final months of the regime no-one would bother about arranging a sumptuous live transmission of music; by this time, Berlin was a heap of rubble. See more »

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Remake of Lilli Marlene (1950) See more »

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Lili Marleen
(English Version)
English Lyrics By Connor (Tommie Connor) (original title: "Lily of the Lamplight") in 1944. (Original lyrics translated by Norman Baillie-Stewart)
Music By Norbert Schultze
Vocals by Hanna Schygulla
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A movie showing why asking for a favor, is owning a favor.
12 August 2005 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

I consider this movie a masterpiece, but it took me at least 4 o 5 times to see it, so as to realize what a great movie it was. First, it describes a face of WW2 that we don't usually see in Hollywood movies. In particular, German soldiers, army and the Nazi government are shown more "humanized". One of the facts that impressed me most was the mention, by the end of the movie, of a murder that took place in a forest in the last 20's... that forest is the place where the final chapters of Berlin Alexanderplatz take place: those are the woods where Reinhold kills Mieze. Another clue for those who like the details, is the representation of doors. Fassbinder is obsessed with the changes in people each time they walk across a door, or a door is opened. Many doors are shown in the screen, opened and closed. And the characters change in their personality, their acts, etc any time that happens. Have you noticed that?


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