Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1953. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by Helen Deutsch, based on a story by Paul Gallico. Cinematography by Robert H. Planck. Produced by Edwin H. Knopf. Music by Bronislau Kaper. Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse. Costume Design by Mary Ann Nyberg. Film Editing by Ferris Webster. 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 (Mel Ferrer), 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.