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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 »

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Ferenc Molnár (play) (as Franz Molnár), Robert Liebmann (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Boyer ... Liliom Zadowski
Madeleine Ozeray ... Julie Boulard / Liliom and Julie's daughter
Robert Arnoux Robert Arnoux ... Le tourneur (the Lathe Turner)
Roland Toutain ... Le marin ivre (The Drunken Sailor)
Alexandre Rignault ... Hollinger
Henri Richard Henri Richard ... Le commissaire - The Commissioner
Marcel Barencey Marcel Barencey ... Le policier du Purgatoire - Purgatory Cop (as Barencey)
Raoul Marco ... L'inspecteur - The Detective
Antonin Artaud ... Le rémouleur (The Knife Grinder)
Léon Arvel Léon Arvel ... L'employé du commissariat (Police station employee)
René Stern René Stern ... Le caissier - Cashier
Mimi Funes Mimi Funes ... Marie (as Mimi Funès)
Maximilienne Maximilienne ... Mme. Menoux
Viviane Romance ... La marchande de cigarettes - Cigarette Girl
Mila Parély Mila Parély ... La dactylo - Typist
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 May 1934 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Liliom See more »

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Runtime:

| (edited) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fritz Lang's only film made in France (at Fox's European division) after fleeing there from Nazi Germany. After this production Lang would emigrate to the United States, but it would be two years until his next film, Fury (1936). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Liliom Zadowski: Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! The Hippo-Palace, elegant amusement for all! Glad to see you back, ma'am. You should buy a season pass! Just like a jockey, grip with your knees! Careful with your stockings! Calling all riders! Saddle up!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The first U.S. release of this film also had half an hour trimmed from it. The full-length version had never been seen in the U.S. until the 2004 DVD and VHS releases of the film. See more »

Connections

Version of Liliom (1971) See more »

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Viens gosse de gosse
(uncredited)
Written by Jean Lenoir
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Offbeat French fantasy film
24 April 2018 | by jamesrupert2014See all my reviews

Liliom Zadowski (Charles Boyer) is a charismatic ne'er-do-well working as a carousel barker at a small carnival when he seduces naïve young Julie (Madeleine Ozeray). Fired by his jealous boss (Florelle), he ends up loafing around the house and hanging out with his disreputable friends while Julie works. The seemingly one-sided relationship suffers until Julie (with great delicacy) tells him that she's pregnant. Exited by the prospect of fatherhood but desperate for money, Liliom partners with his scurrilous buddy Alfred (Pierre Alcover) to steal a payroll. The heist goes bad and Liliom ends up in heaven, where he is forced to face the truth about his behaviour towards Julie but is then given one day back on Earth to make amends. The film is a bit stagey (not surprising considering its source, a play by Ferenc Molnár) and leisurely paced (especially the first half), but the imaginative and surreal scenes in heaven are worth the wait. Apparently church dignitaries were not too pleased with the whimsical portrayal of God's dominion (complete with inept celestial bureaucrats sporting tiny wings and a big door leading to flaming purgatory). Boyer is excellent in the role (although his character is not very likable, especially by modern standards), which is good because he is the center of most scenes. Although not a success for director Fritz Lang, Liliom is an entertaining (albeit a bit talky and dated) early entry in the 'back from heaven' genre that is quite 'European' and more 'adult' than would have been allowed in post-Code Hollywood. In addition to this and other film versions, the Molnár's play is the basis of the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel".


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