Lili Marleen
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Inspired a song that was extremely popular with the German soldiers during WW II, this fictional story begins in 1938 while Wilkie Bunterberg (Hanna Schygulla), a third-tier cabaret singer, performs in a Zurich nightclub. It is her boyfriend, a Swiss Jew who also turns out to be a resistance fighter who pens her the famous song Lili Marleen. She sings it in Germany and it becomes a hit with the German troops. As a result, Hitler himself invites her to perform for him. This does not set well with the songwriter's powerful who, upon learning that Marleen has become a famed singer in Germany,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What is new for a Fassbinder work is that the film is far more entertaining to watch than it is interesting to speculate about. That means it's a disappointment."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Though Fassbinder's camerawork is excellent, including some allusions to the famous German studio UFA, his themes are never really developed."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It has a wicked sense of humor, displayed in Fassbinder's two favorite opposites, understatement and hyperbole."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's the kind of love story Hollywood wishes it could make."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The meanings are banal and the pace is heavy, but Fassbinder's use of color -- as throughout his late period -- is superb."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
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