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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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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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M-G-M's Technicolor Delight! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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 Lili sees Marc's act for the first time, there is a slight but obvious film cut as Marc is holding up the cloak before his assistant is revealed. 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

Edited into Off to See the Wizard: Lili: Part 2 (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Adoration
(uncredited)
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Danced by Leslie Caron, Jean Pierre Aumont and Zsa Zsa Gabor
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User Reviews

 
Absolutely wonderful film
7 July 1999 | by WWalrusSee all my reviews

"Lili", based on Paul Gallico's "Love For Seven Dolls", is one of the most delightful films ever. Leslie Caron deserved her Academy Award nomination as "Lili". The ballet sequence at the end of the film in which each puppet turn into Paul, the puppeteer, making Lili realize she loves him is magical. "Lili" was the basis for a big, lavish Broadway musical "Carnival" that lost the basic beautiful simplicity of the original. This film is a classic and deserves to be. The puppets are magnificent.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

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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