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Liliom (1934)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy | 15 May 1934 (France)
Two women love the same man in a world of few prospects. In Budapest, Liliom is a "public figure," a rascal who's a carousel barker, loved by the experienced merry-go-round owner and by a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Robert Arnoux ...
Le tourneur (the Lathe Turner)
Roland Toutain ...
Le marin ivre (The Drunken Sailor)
Alexandre Rignault ...
Hollinger
Henri Richard ...
Le commissaire - The Commissioner
Marcel Barencey ...
Le policier du Purgatoire - Purgatory Cop (as Barencey)
Raoul Marco ...
L'inspecteur - The Detective
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Le rémouleur (The Knife Grinder)
Léon Arvel ...
L'employé du commissariat (Police station employee)
René Stern ...
Le caissier - Cashier
Mimi Funes ...
Marie (as Mimi Funès)
Maximilienne ...
Mme. Menoux
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La marchande de cigarettes - Cigarette Girl
Mila Parély ...
La dactylo - Typist
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Two women love the same man in a world of few prospects. In Budapest, Liliom is a "public figure," a rascal who's a carousel barker, loved by the experienced merry-go-round owner and by a young, innocent maid. The maid, Julie, loses her job after going out with Liliom; he's fired by his jealous employer for going out with Julie. The two lovers move in with Julie's aunt; unemployment emasculates him and a local weasel tempts him with crime. Julie, now wan, is true to Liliom even in his bad temper. Meanwhile, a stolid widower, a carpenter, wants to marry Julie. Is there any future on this earth for Julie and Liliom, whose love is passionate rather than ideal? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Fantasy

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Hans Albers, who played Liliom on the stage, was offered the part but declined. See more »

Quotes

First Angel: It would be too convenient if death were the end of everything.
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Crazy Credits

The two angels who play such an important role in the film are completely unmentioned in the cast. See more »

Connections

Version of Liliom (1963) See more »

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Viens gosse de gosse
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Written by Jean Lenoir
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A Diamond in the Dust
21 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

I stumbled across this film on late-night French TV last night, having missed the opening credits, but I was immediately struck by the sophistication of the production. Within a few minutes I was convinced that it had to be a Friz Lang film that I'd never heard of, but it wasn't until I checked IMDb this morning that I was able to confirm that suspicion. I had no idea that the final section of the film, with the trains of the afterlife, was coming, and I was, as the Brits say, gob-smacked. Corny and theatrical, sure, but also strange, beautiful, well-acted, and filmed with an eye that was a generation ahead of its time.


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