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The last film version of Ferenc Molnár’s 1909 play before Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical adaptation, Carousel, forever altered the popular profile of the material, Liliom is a surprisingly coarse rendering of irrepressibly fantastic material. Charles Boyer plays the carnival barker Liliom, an argumentative loudmouth who loses his job and soon focuses his meager vocational energies on domestic abuse. His pregnant girlfriend Julie (Madeleine Ozeray) loves him in spite of it all, at least until a botched robbery sends Liliom to a bureaucratic celestial purgatory. The film itself proved almost as transient as the story it depicts: one of the less-than-a-handful of productions to emerge from Fox’s short-lived European operation, Liliom boasts the participation of a number of notable émigrés en route to America—director Fritz Lang, producer Erich Pommer, composer Franz Waxman, and cinematographer Rudolph Maté. In French with English subtitles (KW)
118 min • Les Productions Fox Europa • 35mm print from Criterion Pictures USA
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