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The True Story of Lilli Marlene (1944)

 |  Short, War  |  1 April 1945 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Marius Goring ...
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Lucie Mannheim ...
Herself
Pat Hughes ...
Lale Anderson
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Werner Aluensleba
Jacques Aubert ...
Singer (French Canadian version)
Red Hughes ...
Vocals (Lili Marlene)
Denis Johnston
Jim Kinley ...
Singer
Charles Kormos
Brunon Kryger ...
Singer
The McLelland Sisters ...
Singers (Lili Marlene)
The Radio Rascals ...
Singers
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Lilli Marleen
Music by Norbert Schultze
Words by Hans Leip
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What was the propaganda purpose ?
22 October 2007 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This was one of the last films made by Humphrey Jennings for the Crown Film Unit before his untimely death.It is a rather curious film.One has to bear in mind that all films made under the aegis of the Crown Film Unit during World War 2 had a propaganda message.However this is far from easy to discern from this film.The only conclusion that i have come to is that it is to try and to explain why a song popularised by the Afika Corps should also have been adopted by the Eigth Army.In doing this it provides a set of lyrics which do not bear much comparison to the original.Its running time is an odd 29minutes so i would guess that it would have been difficult to fit into a standard cinema programme where the size of most shorts was 2 reels.In USA it was cut down to 21 minutes.All told one of the least satisfying films from Humphrey Jennings.


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