Lili Marleen (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rainer Werner Fassbinder|
|Produced by||Luggi Waldleitner
|Written by||Lale Andersen
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
|Music by||Peer Raben|
|Edited by||Rainer Werner Fassbinder
The screenplay was produced using the autobiographical novel Der Himmel hat viele Farben (The Heavens Have Many Colors) by Lale Andersen. However, according to Lale Andersen's last husband, Arthur Beul, the film's plot bore little relation to her real life.
The film is set during the Third Reich and is about the forbidden love between the German singer Willie (Hanna Schygulla) and the Swiss Jewish composer Robert Mendelssohn (a character based on Rolf Liebermann), who actively seeks to help an underground group of German Jews.
- Hanna Schygulla – Willie
- Giancarlo Giannini – Robert
- Mel Ferrer – David Mendelsson
- Karl-Heinz von Hassel – Henkel (as Karl Heinz von Hassel)
- Erik Schumann – von Strehlow
- Hark Bohm – Taschner
- Gottfried John – Aaron
- Karin Baal – Anna Lederer
- Christine Kaufmann – Miriam
- Udo Kier – Drewitz
- Roger Fritz – Kauffmann
- Rainer Will – Bernt
- Raúl Gimenez – Blonsky (as Raul Giminez)
- Adrian Hoven – Ginsberg
- Willy Harlander – Prosel
Awards and nominations
Of the 23 theatrical films that Fassbinder directed, Lili Marleen was the only one that Germany submitted to the Academy to be considered for a Best Foreign Language Film nomination (the film, while a German production, was one of the few that Fassbinder shot in English). Ultimately, the film was not nominated.
- List of submissions to the 54th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of German submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- Canby, Vincent. "New York Times: Lili Marleen". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-08-24.
- Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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