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Lili Marleen

Lili Marleen (1981)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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Inspired a song that was extremely popular with the German soldiers during WW II, this fictional story begins in 1938 while Wilkie Bunterberg (Hanna Schygulla), a third-tier cabaret singer, performs in a Zurich nightclub. It is her boyfriend, a Swiss Jew who also turns out to be a resistance fighter who pens her the famous song Lili Marleen. She sings it in Germany and it becomes a hit with the German troops. As a result, Hitler himself invites her to perform for him. This does not set well with

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What is new for a Fassbinder work is that the film is far more entertaining to watch than it is interesting to speculate about. That means it's a disappointment.

September 18, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It has a wicked sense of humor, displayed in Fassbinder's two favorite opposites, understatement and hyperbole.

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The meanings are banal and the pace is heavy, but Fassbinder's use of color -- as throughout his late period -- is superb.

June 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Though Fassbinder's camerawork is excellent, including some allusions to the famous German studio UFA, his themes are never really developed.

September 18, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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It's the kind of love story Hollywood wishes it could make.

June 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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One may wonder why Fassbinder has decided to indulge himself in an unimpressive Hollywood-like movie made only for entertainment - which also feels underdeveloped, losing its way in the last act to the point of even including a completely pointless self-reference.
September 13, 2013
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