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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 ...
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 ...
Mimi Funes ...
Marie (as Mimi Funès)
Maximilienne ...
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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barker | love | carousel | maid | budapest | See All (97) »

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Drama | Fantasy

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Trivia

Hans Albers, who played Liliom on the stage, was offered the part but declined. See more »

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First Angel: It would be too convenient if death were the end of everything.
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Crazy Credits

Madeleine Ozeray, who plays Julie, also plays her daughter, but this has never been mentioned in any credit list for the film. See more »

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Version of Grande Teatro Tupi: Lilion, o Malandro (1952) See more »

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Viens gosse de gosse
(uncredited)
Written by Jean Lenoir
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No-Frills "Carousel"
31 August 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Saw this picture was playing at the Film Forum so I said, what the heck, why not? At least I can compare it to "Carousel". And so, I was not prepared for it and was pleasantly surprised. It is a minimalist (to use current artsy language) version with spare sets and shot entirely on a sound stage, and featuring Charles Boyer as Liliom as I had never seen him before. It was a great performance from Boyer, almost unrecognizable from the oily gigolo types he played in Hollywood. Boisterous and exuberant, he brings his character to life, and now I can't imagine anyone else playing this role.

Apart from no musical score, this picture differs from "Carousel" as Liliom enters his afterlife. In "Carousel", the sequence in heaven was almost an afterthought, but here Lang infuses it with some touches that are both surreal and extremely imaginative, and without the benefit of digital enhancement. No special effects here. I didn't care for Madeleine Ozeray's interpretation of the Julie character, which came off as naive and withdrawn, almost a form of neurosis. But she, like the rest of the cast, stayed out of Boyer's way. Recommended - see it if you are a fan of actors and acting.


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