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(1934)

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Sex & Nudity

  • Liliom paws at Julie's breast while they sit together on the park bench. He is obviously out to seduce her.
  • Later, Liliom and Alfred go to an establishment which is very obviously a whorehouse.

Violence & Gore

  • Liliom has slapped Julie before, but this has not been shown. He slaps her again onscreen when she serves him coffee and it is not warm enough for him, and she tells him off. (This does not occur either in the original Molnar play nor in the musical version, "Carousel".)
  • Alfred pulls a knife on the man that he and Liliom intend to rob, but the man has a gun and is ready for them.

Profanity

  • Liliom supposedly uses the word "bastard", but since this is a 1934 film in French, it is difficult to tell.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes

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Violence & Gore

  • Liliom deliberately stabs himself to death with a kitchen knife, when he is cornered by police after the robbery attempt. He does not accidentally fall on his own knife while trying to escape, as in the film version of "Carousel".
  • Very near the end of the film, Liliom, who has returned to Earth from Purgatory as a ghost, slaps his daughter, who does not know who he is, in frustration. (She, believing him to be a stranger, refused to accept a gift from him.) But she does not feel a slap; instead she miraculously feels a kiss, because Liliom actually wanted to do good for her.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There is a quite sad moment after Liliom's death, in which the once proud and bitchy, but now sympathetic Mrs. Muskat, owner of the carousel at which Liliom once worked, orders that all the lights be turned off at the amusement park and a minute of silence be observed in honor of Liliom. Several ladies weep, and a few of the men respectfully doff their hats.
  • As Liliom lies dead on a bench, two ominous-looking angels appear to take him to Heaven to be judged. Their appearance terrifies Alfred, who is the only living human who can see them. At the waystation in Heaven, Liliom is obliged to watch and re-watch, and re-watch, a newsreel-like film which shows him slapping Julie.

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