Lili Marleen
Lili Marleen (1981)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1981
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Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Fassbinder repeatedly depicts the song comforting lonely soldiers and then accompanying scenes of carnage. The devastating effect boomerangs.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The meanings are banal and the pace is heavy, but Fassbinder's use of color -- as throughout his late period -- is superb.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's the kind of love story Hollywood wishes it could make.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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People Magazine

Fassbinder at half speed is still good, but this film... is still a disappointment.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It has a wicked sense of humor, displayed in Fassbinder's two favorite opposites, understatement and hyperbole.

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TV Guide

Though Fassbinder's camerawork is excellent, including some allusions to the famous German studio UFA, his themes are never really developed.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
One may wonder why Fassbinder decided to indulge himself in an unimpressive, seemingly underdeveloped Hollywood-like movie made only for entertainment, and it… More