The Eighth Army famously adopted a German song in the Western Desert. The Crown Film Unit traces the journey of Lili Marlene from its composition in post-WW1 Hamburg, via Radio Belgrade and the Afrika Korps, through victory in Tunisia and Sicily, to an imagined post-war East End, full of light, music and bananas for sale.
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Lucie Mannheim was married to Marius Goring from 1941 until her death in 1976. See more
Marius Goring - On-Screen Narrator
When the fighting men come home, they bring with them trophies and souvenirs of the war, the Second World War. But There's one trophy that you will only find in the homes of the Eighth Army - the disc of a German song: Lili Marlene.
In this reconstruction of the story of LILI MARLENE we have had the collaboration of a great number of people, particularly Eighth Army men, London dockworkers, radio experts and refugees from Fascism. Some have brought us information, others re-enacted scenes from the past, others again appear in the picture as themselves. See more
Music by Norbert Schultze
Words by Hans Leip See more