Liliom, a merry-go-round barker at a Budapest amusement park, becomes enamored of Julie, a servant girl, and though under the influence of Madame Muskat, a sideshow entrepreneur, he marries...
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Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
Liliom, a merry-go-round barker at a Budapest amusement park, becomes enamored of Julie, a servant girl, and though under the influence of Madame Muskat, a sideshow entrepreneur, he marries the girl. Although he has not been a good provider, Liliom is spurred into action by the discovery that his wife is pregnant and eventually is influenced by his friend Buzzard, to rob a bank cashier so that he can take Julie to America.
While the film is now considered a masterpiece of surrealistic impressionism, it was a disappointment upon its original release, losing money at the box office and failing to garner a single Oscar nomination. See more »
He hit me. I heard the sound of it. But it didn't hurt, Mother. It felt just like a kiss... Tell me Mother, has anyone ever hit you without hurting you in the least?
Yes dear. It's happened to me too.
Can anyone hit you real hard and loud, without hurting you at all?
Yes, dear. It's possible for someone to beat you and beat you and beat you, and not hurt you at all.
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For those posters who wondered about the quality of the new (Dec. 2008) DVD release of LILIOM, which is part of the over-stuffed, badly packaged Murnau and Borgaze at Fox set, the actual quality of this disc is unbelievably good. I don't know where they found their source elements, but this is a beautiful print, with only occasional flaws. The black and white photography is detailed and beautiful, allowing the best look we've had at the elaborate sets and interesting production design. Even Charles Farrell's voice, which is not ideal for this hyper-masculine role, is much improved on this newly restored print.
There is no commentary, but an impressive collection of still photos is included as an extra.
The film is still the stilted, downbeat, badly paced film it was before, but for "Carousel" aficionados, or fans of early talkies, this is a very interesting movie, which can now be experienced in a much more pleasurable manner. I would give the movie a 5-star rating, and the print 8 or 9. Amazingly good for its vintage!
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