Lili

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Total Count: 6

82%

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Based on the story by Paul Gallico, Lili stars Leslie Caron as the title character, a 16-year-old waif who runs off to join a carnival. Embittered, crippled puppeteer Mel Ferrer treats Lili with contempt; only by speaking through his puppets is Ferrer able to express his genuine love for the girl. Before this happens, however, Caron must overcome her crush on magician Jean-Pierre Aumont, who is married to the contentious Zsa Zsa Gabor. Though not a musical (as was Carnival, the 1961 Broadway version of Lili), the film affords Leslie Caron the opportunity for a dream ballet, and also accommodates the lilting Bronislaw Kaper/Adolph Deutsch hit song "Hi Lili, Hi Lo". Legend has it that professional curmudgeon H.L. Mencken, who considered movies a waste of time and never bothered to see them, was persuaded to attend a showing of Lili--and loved every minute of it!

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Cast

Leslie Caron
as Lili Daurier
Mel Ferrer
as Paul Berthalet
Kurt Kasznar
as Jacquot
Amanda Blake
as Peach Lips
Alex Gerry
as Proprietor
Ralph Dumke
as Corvier
Eda Reiss Merin
as Fruit Peddler
George Davis
as Workman
Mitchell Lewis
as Concessionaire
Fred Walton
as Whistler
Richard Grayson
as Flirting Vendor
Reginald Simpson
as Second Workman
Dorothy Jarnac
as Specialty Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Lili

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Audience Reviews for Lili

  • Nov 25, 2013
    Leslie Caron is back in another silly but charming musical about an orphan in a carnival. Of course we have that irritating song Hi Lili, Hi Lo here. You lose a star automatically for such things.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 24, 2010
    Walters could not satisfy the expectations of a decade plagued by fancy and landmark musicals. Lili came out of the blue, with no signs of it beforehand and it was quickly forgotten. I may argue that the film tries coldly to stamp a mark in the spectator's heart, and that we're left only with Caron's performance and with the "Hi Lili Hi Lo" piece for the entertainment of the whole family; nevertheless, the two "wet" sexual fantasies of Caron may be an interesting matter to discuss :-) 74/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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