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Liliom (1934)

Unrated | | Drama, Fantasy | 15 May 1934 (France)
Two women love the same man in a world of few prospects. In Budapest, Liliom is a "public figure," a rascal who's a carousel barker, loved by the experienced merry-go-round owner and by a ... See full summary »

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Robert Arnoux ...
Le tourneur (the Lathe Turner)
Roland Toutain ...
Le marin ivre (The Drunken Sailor)
Alexandre Rignault ...
Hollinger
Henri Richard ...
Le commissaire - The Commissioner
Marcel Barencey ...
Le policier du Purgatoire - Purgatory Cop (as Barencey)
Raoul Marco ...
L'inspecteur - The Detective
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Le rémouleur (The Knife Grinder)
Léon Arvel ...
L'employé du commissariat (Police station employee)
René Stern ...
Le caissier - Cashier
Mimi Funes ...
Marie (as Mimi Funès)
Maximilienne ...
Mme. Menoux
Viviane Romance ...
La marchande de cigarettes - Cigarette Girl
Mila Parély ...
La dactylo - Typist
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Two women love the same man in a world of few prospects. In Budapest, Liliom is a "public figure," a rascal who's a carousel barker, loved by the experienced merry-go-round owner and by a young, innocent maid. The maid, Julie, loses her job after going out with Liliom; he's fired by his jealous employer for going out with Julie. The two lovers move in with Julie's aunt; unemployment emasculates him and a local weasel tempts him with crime. Julie, now wan, is true to Liliom even in his bad temper. Meanwhile, a stolid widower, a carpenter, wants to marry Julie. Is there any future on this earth for Julie and Liliom, whose love is passionate rather than ideal? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Filmed in 57 days. See more »

Quotes

Liliom Zadowski: Tonight I will see the good Lord.
[suddenly becoming anxious]
Liliom Zadowski: Will I see Him?
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The two angels who play such an important role in the film are completely unmentioned in the cast. See more »

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Featured in Rodgers & Hammerstein: The Sound of Movies (1996) See more »

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Viens gosse de gosse
(uncredited)
Written by Jean Lenoir
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Ferenc Molnar's great play about a doomed carousel barker who revisits his wife & daughter after death; it's CAROUSEL without the Rodgers & Hammerstein's score..
9 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Billy Wilder, Kurt Weill & Fritz Lang, three Berliners fleeing the Nazis, all sojourned in Paris before coming to the USA. Wilder's Parisian work was negligible, but the more established Weill & Lang each produced a masterpiece. While Weill's 7 DEADLY SINS is one of his best known classical works, Lang's adaptation of Molnar's great play is almost unknown. CAROUSEL, Rogers & Hammerstein musicalization of LILIOM, which all but buried the original, has now brought it back. (It shows up as a welcome 'extra' on the latest 2-DVD edition of CAROUSEL.) The musical stays remarkably close to LILIOM's plot, structure & characterizations, but Molnar is both rawer & more fanciful. The mix fits Lang like a monocle. As Liliom, the carousel barker (Billy Bigelow in the musical), Charles Boyer is just about perfect, bluntly cruel & irresistible, not only a precursor to the Stanley Kowalskis of the world, but like Brando with the sensual features of a Caravaggio. The rest of the cast is just as fine, but the film's success comes largely from Lang's handling of the difficult material. Rudolphe Mate's lensing looks stunning in this well preserved copy (far superior to the KINO DVD release) and the few scenes that suffer from flat poverty row French studio conditions are easily ignored. A near great film.


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