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LILI MARLEEN

LILI MARLEEN
photo © Roxy Film, CIP, BR 1980

From the beginning, the love Willie has for Robert is sorely tested. The apparently peaceful Zurich of 1938 is already overshadowed by the coming events. Robert’s father is an influential lawyer and director of a Jewish refugee organization who tries hard to prevent Willie’s return to Switzerland. World events drive the two further and further apart. When war breaks out their connection seems completely severed. But Willie is fortunate. A song she recorded some time before, and which seemed forgotten, is broadcast by the military broadcasting station in Belgrade, pervading the solitude of the soldiers. The song will outlast the war, but love will not.


Rainer Werner Fassbinder was born in 1945 and died in 1982. He was one of the most significant directors of the “New German Cinema”. In just 13 years, between 1969 and 1982, he made 44 films, including Katzelmacher (1969), The Merchant of Four Seasons (Der Haendler der vier Jahreszeiten, 1971), The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Die bitteren Traenen der Petra von Kant, 1972), Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf, 1973), Fontane Effi Briest (1974), Despair (1978), The Marriage of Maria Braun (Die Ehe der Maria Braun, 1979), Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980), Lili Marleen (1981), Lola (1981), and Querelle (1982), among others. He wrote 14 plays, revised six others and directed 25. He wrote four radio plays and 37 screenplays and worked on a further 13 scripts with other writers. Fassbinder's films are among the most valid social documents produced between the late 60s and early 80s in Germany; his plays are among the most performed of any post-war German dramatist.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1981
Director Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Screenplay Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Cinematography Xaver Schwarzenberger
Cast Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer, Christine Kaufmann, Hark Bohm
Production Company Roxy Film/Munich
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Kerala 2010, Locarno 2014, Thessaloniki 2014
German Distributor STUDIOCANAL/Berlin

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