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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! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:March 10, 1953

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Groesse Best Color Art Direction 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Planck Best Color Cinematography 1953 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Leslie Caron Best Foreign Actor 1953 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leslie Caron Best Actress 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bronislau Kaper Best Drama or Comedy Score 1953 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cedric Gibbons Best Color Art Direction 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edwin B. Willis Best Color Art Direction 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur Krams Best Color Art Direction 1953 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Charles Walters Best Director 1953 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Walters Best Director 1953 Nominee

Cast

Leslie Caron
as Lili Daurier
Mel Ferrer
as Paul Berthalet
Jean-Pierre Aumont
as Marc
Zsa Zsa Gabor
as Rosalie
Kurt Kasznar
as Jacquot
Amanda Blake
as Peach Lips
Alex Gerry
as Proprietor
Ralph Dumke
as M. Corvier
Wilton Graff
as M. Tonit
George Davis
as Workman
Richard Grayson
as Flirting Vendor
Mitchell Lewis
as Concessionaire
Eda Reiss Merin
as Fruit Peddler
Reginald Simpson
as Second Workman
Mitchell Lewis
as Concessionaire
Eda Reiss Merin
as Fruit Peddler
George Davis
as Workman
Richard Grayson
as Flirting Vendor

Crew

Charles Walters
Director
Edwin H. Knopf
Producer
Paul Gallico
Screenwriter
Robert Planck
Cinematographer
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Ferris Webster
Editor
Paul Groesse
Production Designer
Cedric Gibbons
Production Designer
Arthur Krams
Set Designer
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Warren Newcombe
Special Effects
Charles Walters
Choreography
William J. Tuttle
Makeup
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