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Orphan Lili Daurier joins a carnival and falls under the spell of its star a suave magician. But it is the show's crippled embittered puppeteer who truly loves Lili a love he can express only through his puppets. "It is not often that the word 'enchanting' can accurately be applied to a musical" Clive Hirschhorn wrote in The Hollywood Musical "but it was the best way to describe Lili as well as Leslie Caron's genuinely touching performance." Nominated for six Academy Awards-« Lili offers sentiment without sugar simplicity without banality and a lyrical heart that beats to an Oscar-«-winning Bronislau Kaper score highlighted by Hi-Lili Hi-Lo and an imaginative sequence of Caron dancing with her beloved puppets come to life. Mel Ferrer Jean Pierre Aumont Zsa Zsa Gabor Amanda Blake and Kurt Kasznar also star.
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Leslie Caron was perfect in the role of Lili. Touching, funny, romantic, original and with a timeless message too.
If you like musicals from this era, don't miss this one!
I fall in love with the character Lili. And I relate so much to this puppeteer who is bitter because he wants something better. He wants to fall in love with this sweet girl, dance again and just be happy. You're damn right if you think I got emotional while watching it. I miss working with genuinely nice and sincere people. Last week I had a shouting match with the "new guy" at my work. This guy is an arrogant you-know-what. I'm like the puppeteer and do a few things very well that nobody else at my work can do (it's why I still have a job there). This guy is a jack of all trades who compensates by doing a little of everything. He's of the mind that "we can do without you".Read more ›
Not really a musical, Lili is best described as a romantic fable or sophisticated fairy tale. It tells the story of a naive 16-year-old orphan who joins a carnival. There she brings success to a lame puppeteer (Mel Ferrer) by interacting with his four puppets. Her ingenuousness leads her to regard the puppets as real persons. Ferrer, though outwardly bitter about the war injury that ruined his career as an acclaimed dancer, shows flashes of inner kindness and humanity: he uses his puppets at one point to infuse joy into a despondent Lili, and he smiles when she isn't looking. Soon he falls in love with Lili. But she can't recognize as Ferrer's the tenderness that is revealed only in the puppets. Repelled by the overt rudeness of "the angry man," Lili becomes infatuated with the carnival's magician, a ladies' man. When she eventually learns the magician is married, Lili's eyes open. But the puppeteer's jealousy still clouds her vision. She decides to leave the carnival. Her departure precipitates the dream sequence.Read more ›
An orphan, Lili joins up with a traveling circus. She's helplessly naive, but with the family-like troupe and the puppets in her carnival act, she blossoms into a poised, lovely creature. The puppets themselves are quite interesting and significant - see how they resemble the live characters. In the midst of all this, the only clouds in her sky are her boss (the brooding puppeteer, Berthalet, played to perfection by the sexy Mel Ferrer) and her unattainable crush (the vainglorious Marcus the Magnificent). Her coming-of-age is the main plot, made both satisfying and achingly real.
Leslie Caron pulls off the role admirably. Lili is endearingly sweet, without going over the top. Caron draws you in before you even know you've been charmed off your feet. Lili loves and hates so simply until she learns better, and then you see her mature realistically. It's rings inexplicably true. The two dance sequences showcase Caron's extensive ballet skills without becoming huge productions that halt the story's progress. In fact, they actually carry the story further - something not all musical pieces accomplish if you think about it. The fantasy one is marvelous in revealing Lili's alter-ego - she's sexy and confident, and ultimately, not Lili.Read more ›
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My wife loves this movie, my thanks to the seller for helping me make a great day for her.Published 27 days ago by Jason J.
I knew the movie quite well and I liked it as much as I liked it before. The edition was fine, the only thing I regret is the close captioning in English on the Italian version. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lauretta
Never too sweet. Even sixty years on this movie still holds my heart.Published 15 months ago by Art Booklover
Just to set the record straight on the source of this magnificent film. It is NOT based on the book "Love for Seven Dolls". Read morePublished on March 20 2004 by Jim Jr
LILI is a movie about a developing romance between a young orphan (Leslie Caron) and a slightly handicapped puppeteer (Mel Ferrer). Read morePublished on March 28 2003 by Peter Kenney
I first saw this movie when I was about 7 years old (some 43 years ago). To this day I still remember the dreamy quality of the movie, the music and the puppets. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2003 by Bonnie
Leslie Caron is darling,and the movie is very sweet, but it comes off as somewhat dated. I remember having loved it much more as a child in the movies than I did now on video.Published on Sept. 18 2002 by Y. Friedland
"Lili" a romantic, sweet movie! A great see for all ages; for the family; this is a classic! One of the greatest love films I've seen so far! Rent it or buy it today!Published on Aug. 11 2002