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Lili (1953)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 10 July 1953 (USA)
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An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.

Director:

Charles Walters

Writers:

Helen Deutsch (screen play), Paul Gallico (based on a story by)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Leslie Caron ... Lili Daurier
Mel Ferrer ... Paul Berthalet
Jean-Pierre Aumont ... Marc (as Jean Pierre Aumont)
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Rosalie
Kurt Kasznar ... Jacquot
Amanda Blake ... Peach Lips
Alex Gerry ... Proprietor
Ralph Dumke ... M. Corvier
Wilton Graff ... M. Tonit
George Baxter ... M. Enrique
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Storyline

Members of a circus troupe "adopt" Lili Daurier when she finds herself stranded in a strange town. The magician who first comes to her rescue already has romantic entanglements and thinks of her as a little girl. Who can she turn to but the puppets, singing to them her troubles, forgetting that there are puppeteers. A crowd gathers around Lili as she sings. The circus has a new act. She now has a job. Will she get her heart's desire? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Fall in love all over again with Lili! (re-release) See more »

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Trivia

Lili was adapted by Michael Stewart, with music and lyrics by Bob Merrill, into the 1961 stage musical "Carnival!" The stage version was produced by David Merrick and directed and choreographed by Gower Champion. It starred Anna Maria Alberghetti, Jerry Orbach, Kaye Ballard, Pierre Olaf and James Mitchell, and played for 719 performances. See more »

Goofs

When Marc plays a magic trick with his cigarette at the notions store, he actually burns Lili's hand, right before playing the trick. We can see Lili jerking her hand apart, but she keeps on watching Marc as if nothing has happened. See more »

Quotes

M. Corvier: Where'd you find the girl?
M. Tonit: We can't make up our minds whether she's a superb actress or you're a Svengali.
Paul Berthalet: No. She's like a little bell - that gives off a pure sound no matter how you strike it; because, she's, in herself, so good and true and pure.
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Connections

Referenced in 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Lili And The Puppets
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Danced by Leslie Caron and Mel Ferrer
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User Reviews

An enchanting tale of a trusting waif who has her eyes opened
14 August 2000 | by dugfowlrSee all my reviews

This is one of my all time favorite movies, and I have taken every occasion to see it again after the first time in 1953. Leslie Caron is perfectly cast as the homeless orphan who falls in with a circus troupe and becomes part of their puppet act, only to fall in love with the embittered puppet master. In the end, the lovers get together after Lili (Leslie Caron) gets to display her ballet dancing talents.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1953 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,353,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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