Lili (1953)

CHARLES WALTERS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1953.  .  Screenplay by , based on a story by .  Cinematography by Robert H. Planck.  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1953.  Cannes Film Festival 1953.  Golden Globe Awards 1953.  

Leslie Caron is a delight in this positively charming family film. She plays the kindhearted Parisian girl of the title who finds herself stranded alone in a strange city and befriends a group of travelling circus performers. She falls in love with the troupe’s magician (), but he is already involved with someone else and thinks of her as a little child. One day she tells her troubles to a group of puppets, singing the famous theme “Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo”, and when a crowd gathers to watch her, a star is born! Beautifully photographed in rich Technicolour, this film is enchanting.

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