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Charles Boyer, Madeleine Ozeray, Pedro Alcover, Antonin Artaud,

Lang’s wonderfully inventive Liliom, which has a musical lightness akin to René Clair’s films, fell into almost complete obscurity soon after its release. Made in France, the first stop on Lang’s self-imposed exile from Germany, this tragicomedy is based on Ferenc Molnar’s fantastical play about earth, heaven, and purgatory. Charles Boyer stars in one of his best roles, and Antonin Artaud appears as the knife grinder/guardian angel. Lang deftly satirizes French bureaucracy (on earth and at heaven’s gates) in this struggle of the individual against an unjust, omnipotent fate. Jean Cocteau credited the film as an influence on Orphée.

Susan Oxtoby
  • Robert Liebman
  • Bernard Zimmer
Based On
  • the play by Ferenc Molnar

  • Rudolph Maté
  • Louis Nee
  • French
  • with English e-titling
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 120 mins
  • BFI
  • 20th Century Fox/Criterion

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Liliom (program note), Pacific Film Archive, Pierre Sauvage, 2001

Liliom (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England), 2000

Liliom (program note), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philip Chamberlin, 1969

C.A.L. - U.A.M. presents the films of Fritz Lang (review), 1969

The films of Fritz Lang (brochure), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philip Chamberlin

Liliom (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England)

Lost Liliom this Monday (review)

Liliom (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Stephen Harvey

Liliom (program note), Pierre Sauvage

Liliom (program note), Pacific Film Archive

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