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Lili (1953)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 10 July 1953 (USA)
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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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 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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Drama | Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Лили See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest known appearance of the "smiley" emoticon, :-), was in an ad for this film in the New York Herald Tribune on 10 March 1953, page 20, columns 4-6. The film opened nationwide, and this ad possibly ran in many newspapers. It read: Today You'll laugh :-) You'll cry :-( You'll love <3 'Lili'" This should not be confused with the graphical yellow "smiley face", which was first drawn by Harvey Ball some 10 years later. 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

Paul Berthalet: I've had too much to drink.
Jacquot: I'll get you some coffee.
Paul Berthalet: Why is that when a man goes to great effort and expense to get drunk, his friends, instead of respecting this endeavor, do everything they can to sober him up? Why?
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Connections

Edited into Off to See the Wizard: Lili: Part 1 (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Adoration
(uncredited)
by Bronislau Kaper
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The most truthful coming of age movie
5 April 2007 | by eadoeSee all my reviews

Of all the popular overblown, oversexed "coming of age" movies (mostly about male coming of age - starting with "The Summer of '42"), none has the honesty and truth of "Lili". Why? Because coming of age has less to do with sex (as most men think) than it has to do with an awareness of evil. The most telling line in the film is spoken by Paul's partner, who chides Paul for slapping Lili and says, "She is realizing that there is cruelty in the world, and she is learning to protect herself from it." Like Eve in the Garden of Eden, Lili's loss of innocence comes with her knowledge of evil, not her loss of virginity.

And unlike other coming of age movies that have the young actors tossing around "cute" sexual comments that don't ring true for a callow young person (because they were obviously scripted by a jaded 50-year-old male), "Lili" rings true with every note (as Paul says, "She's like a little bell that gives off a pure sound every time you strike it."). Her naivety is far more true to form -- when she is warned by one of the puppets that the lecherous puppet Renaldo "is a wolf", the innocent Lili replies, "I thought he was a fox." This is exactly the way a kid would really respond -- not "getting" the sexual reference and thinking that the comment was about the species of the animal.

I understand Audrey Hepburn beat out Leslie Caron for the Oscar that year with her amateurish performance in "Roman Holiday" -- what a travesty that was, since Audrey's performance had none of the depth and exquisite vulnerability of Leslie's performance in "Lili".


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