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Lili

G Released Mar 10, 1953 1h 21m Musical Romance List
100% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 82% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Traveling with little more than her naïveté, sunny teenager Lili (Leslie Caron) arrives in a new town and is befriended by a circus troupe. Though she becomes infatuated with the dashing magician, Marcus the Magnificent (Jean-Pierre Aumont), Lili forms a more significant bond with puppeteer Paul (Mel Ferrer) and his four puppets, which she treats as real people. Together, Lili, Paul and the puppets prove to be a popular act, but their success and happiness are threatened by Paul's gruffness. Read More Read Less
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Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: B+ Feb 18, 2012 Full Review Nell Minow Common Sense Media Classic love story of an orphan and the carnival. Rated: 4/5 Dec 25, 2010 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine This is an astonishingly fragile and lovely film and is hereby highly recommended. Nov 14, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A vehicle for MGM's new star Leslie Caron to shine. Rated: B Jul 2, 2011 Full Review Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com Fine score, Caron performance in MGM musical fantasy. Rated: 4/5 Mar 19, 2009 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Lelsie Caron is charming in her first Oscar nominated role as an orphan who takes with a carnival in this second-rate MGM musical (technically a melodrama with songs), which was very popular due to the Oscar-winning score, Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo." Rated: B Jul 15, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Alec B The narrative is obvious but it is also has a very mature perspective on coming of age. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/18/24 Full Review Crom W Classic. Top Performance by Leslie Caron. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/24/23 Full Review Natasha C Beautiful film about a naive young lady. I've seen it so many times but I still cry every time. Heartwarming. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Jeffrey R. B I saw this film first run when I was five. I fell in love with Leslie Caron, and I still have a crush on her, today. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Ken R All too rarely has a film about lost innocence and earnest love been so sensitively brought to the screen. Respected screenwriter Helen Deutsch (The Seventh Cross ‘44) adapted Paul Gallico's (The Snow Goose) darkly observant novella "The Seven Souls of Clement O'Reilly" into an inspiring story of a naive young orphaned girl coming of age. Deutsch also maintains the opportunistic exploitation of the vulnerable girl without sensationalizing this angle. The Academy award-winning score by brilliant composer Bronislau Kaper is nothing short of unforgettable. This beautifully produced MGM film cannot be called a musical as there's only one song but what a song! It's been universally popular for over 60years, and screenplay writer Helen Deutsch also wrote the world-renowned lyrics. The haunting dream-ballet sequence that closes this unique movie brings both tears of joy and wonder at its stirring and visually fascinating realization. Apart from a couple of clunky trick edits, direction, cinematography (Robert Plank - ‘Strange Cargo '40) and performances - combine to create movie making at its most magical - and should be seen by all lovers of classic film art. While it might not be to everyone's taste (what ever is?) in 2004 the New York Times added Lilli to their listing of the best 1,000 movies ever made. The WB Archive DVD delivers an excellent visual and sound transfer. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/27/21 Full Review Audience Member A charming film with a lovely performance by Leslie Caron. The dance numbers are well-performed and the songs are catchy. However, it is really odd that Caron's character is so in love with one of the circus performers who she wants sensationally dance with while also being amused by puppets and forgetting at times that a puppeteer controls those said puppets. The romance between Lili, Marc and Paul also gets a bit boring and cliched. Caron was nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars which she did deserve and I believe she was better than the other nominated performances I have seen; Kerr and McNamara. Overall, a charming film that gets pretty dull and cliched at times. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Traveling with little more than her naïveté, sunny teenager Lili (Leslie Caron) arrives in a new town and is befriended by a circus troupe. Though she becomes infatuated with the dashing magician, Marcus the Magnificent (Jean-Pierre Aumont), Lili forms a more significant bond with puppeteer Paul (Mel Ferrer) and his four puppets, which she treats as real people. Together, Lili, Paul and the puppets prove to be a popular act, but their success and happiness are threatened by Paul's gruffness.
Director
Charles Walters
Producer
Edwin H. Knopf
Screenwriter
Helen Deutsch, Paul Gallico
Distributor
MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc.
Production Co
Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Loew's Inc.
Rating
G
Genre
Musical, Romance
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 10, 1953, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 28, 2016
Runtime
1h 21m
Sound Mix
Mono
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