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Release Date:
14 January 1981 (West Germany) See more »
In Switzerland German singer 'Willie' falls in love with Jewish composer 'Robert' who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Story of a spell See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hanna Schygulla ... Willie

Giancarlo Giannini ... Robert

Mel Ferrer ... David Mendelsson
Karl-Heinz von Hassel ... Henkel (as Karl Heinz von Hassel)
Erik Schumann ... von Strehlow
Hark Bohm ... Taschner

Gottfried John ... Aaron
Karin Baal ... Anna Lederer

Christine Kaufmann ... Miriam

Udo Kier ... Drewitz
Roger Fritz ... Kauffmann
Rainer Will ... Bernt
Raúl Gimenez ... Blonsky (as Raul Giminez)
Adrian Hoven ... Ginsberg
Willy Harlander ... Prosel
Barbara Valentin ... Eva
Helen Vita ... Grete
Elisabeth Volkmann ... Marika
Lilo Pempeit ... Tamara

Traute Hoess ... Polin
Brigitte Mira ... Nachbarin

Herb Andress ... Reintgen
Michael McLernon ... Schweizer Grenzbeamter
Jürgen Draeger ... Journalist (as Jürgen Dräger)
Rudolf Lenz ... Dr. Glaubrecht
Harry Baer ... Norbert Schultze
Toni Netzle ... Frau Prosel

Daniel Schmid ... Pförtner
Peter Chatel ... SA-Mann
Volker Eckstein ... 1. SD-Mann
Helmut Petigk ... 2. SD-Mann
Werner Asam ... 3. SD-Mann
Dirk Galuba ... 4. SD-Mann
Sonja Neudorfer ... Frau Buerli
Irm Hermann ... Krankenschwester
Herbert Steinmetz ... Arzt
Alexander Allerson ... Goedecke
Kristine De Loup ... Nachrichtensprecherin (as Christine de Loupe)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adam & Eve ... (uncredited)
Franz Buchrieser ... Thome (uncredited)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Günther Weissenborn (uncredited)
Michele Oliveri ... Soldat (uncredited)

Directed by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder 
Writing credits
Manfred Purzer (original screenplay)

Joshua Sinclair (screenplay contributor) and
Rainer Werner Fassbinder (screenplay contributor)

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (additional dialogue)

Lale Andersen (novel "Der Himmel hat viele Farben")

Werner Uschkurat (German dialogue)

Produced by
Enzo Peri .... producer
Luggi Waldleitner .... producer
Original Music by
Peer Raben 
Cinematography by
Xaver Schwarzenberger 
Michael Ballhaus (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder  (as Franz Walsch)
Juliane Lorenz 
Production Design by
Rolf Zehetbauer 
Art Direction by
Herbert Strabel 
Costume Design by
Barbara Baum 
Makeup Department
Edwin Erfmann .... makeup artist
Anni Nöbauer .... makeup artist
Hedy Polensky .... makeup artist
Ingrid Thier .... makeup artist
Production Management
Franz Achter .... unit manager
Gerhard Jakubowski .... unit manager (as Gert Jakubowski)
Josef Moosholzer .... unit manager
Konstantin Thoeren .... production manager
Michael Zöllner .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karin Viesel .... assistant director
Renate Leiffer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Harry Baer .... artistic collaborator
Richard Eglseder .... property master
Frank D. Geuer .... property master (as Frank Geuer)
Hans Stangl .... property master
Sound Department
Milan Bor .... sound
Hans-Walter Kramski .... foley artist (as Hans Kramsky)
Mel Kutbay .... foley artist
Karsten Ullrich .... sound
Hans R. Weiss .... sound assistant (as Hans Reinhardt Weiss)
Special Effects by
Joachim Schulz .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Karl Reiter .... still photographer
Christian Sebaldt .... assistant camera (as Christian Sebald)
Josef Vavra .... assistant camera (as Sepp Vavra)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Max Dietl .... costume designer: Giancarlo Giannini
Georg Kuhn .... wardrobe
Friedel Schröder .... wardrobe (as Friedl Schröder)
Marianne Schulz .... wardrobe
Ralf Rainer Stegemann .... costume designer: Hanna Schygulla
Egon Strasser .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Claudia Wutz .... assistant editor
Music Department
Norbert Schultze .... composer: song "Lili Marleen"
Ursula May .... singer (uncredited)
Other crew
Hans Baur .... press attache
Michael Behrens .... technician
Klaus Emberger .... technician
Helmut Flieger .... technician
Dieter Gackstetter .... choreographer
Heinrich Grob .... technician
Siegfried Gundel .... technician
Sam McGill .... dialogue coach
Michael McLernon .... dialogue coach (as Paul Michael McLernon)
Enzo Peri .... presenter
Alwin Schuler .... technician
Carla Thoeren .... production assistant
Michael Waldleitner .... production assistant
Robert Wischert .... technician
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
120 min | Brazil:111 min
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 (re-rating) | Netherlands:16 (original rating) (1981) | Singapore:R(A) | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R | West Germany:12 (f)
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Shot in English for American distribution; later dubbed in GermanSee more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The German officer, Kaufmann, who arrests Robert on the train wears the uniform of an SS-Gruppenfuhrer (General) - it is highly unlikely that an SS General of such rank would be checking identity papers at random on a train.See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Berlin Alexanderplatz" (1980)See more »


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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Story of a spell, 14 January 2007
Author: Armand from Romania

Story of a song. And what song! In fact, the creation of Hans Leip and Norbert Schultze is the only character, a spell who creates existences, loves, tragedies with a sarcastic indifference. It is an obsessive music, soul of a ambiguous time of dreams and ideas intoxication, with old words and cruels ambitions.

Certainly, it is a Fassbinder's lesson about values and lies, about rules of war and feelings, about small victims and sacrifice.

Hanna Schygulla is gorgeous in a character's skin different of Lale Anderson or Marlene Dietrich but with the same art to describe the atmosphere of extincted space. In some moments I saw in parts of film elements of "Cabaret" Nazi song or "Satyricon" dances. It is normal: interpretation of song is not only piece of a show but rule of life. "Lili Marleen" is not the old "Das Lied eines Jungen Soldaten auf der Wacht" but hard of an universe, hypocrite, coward, frail.

The final meeting between Willie and Robert is only seal of ordinary tragedy. To late, to far.

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