Lili Marleen (1981)
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as Wilkie Bunterberg
as Robert Mendelsson
as David Mendelsson
as von Strehlow
as Anna Lederer
as Dr. Glaubrecht
as Guenter Weissenborn Rainer
as Swiss officer
as Norbert Schultze
as SA man
as 4th SD man
as Mrs. Buerli
as Mrs. Prosel
Critic Reviews for Lili Marleen
Fassbinder repeatedly depicts the song comforting lonely soldiers and then accompanying scenes of carnage. The devastating effect boomerangs.
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.
It has a wicked sense of humor, displayed in Fassbinder's two favorite opposites, understatement and hyperbole.
The meanings are banal and the pace is heavy, but Fassbinder's use of color -- as throughout his late period -- is superb.
Fassbinder at half speed is still good, but this film... is still a disappointment.
Though Fassbinder's camerawork is excellent, including some allusions to the famous German studio UFA, his themes are never really developed.
Audience Reviews for Lili Marleen
One may wonder why Fassbinder decided to indulge himself in an unimpressive, seemingly underdeveloped Hollywood-like movie made only for entertainment, and it loses its way in the last act to the point of even including a completely pointless self-reference.
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