Lili Marleen (1981)


In Switzerland, German singer Willie falls in love with Jewish composer, Robert, who offers resistance to the Nazis by helping refugees. But his family thinks Willie is a Nazi and may be a risk for them. One day Willie helps Robert but, has to stay in Germany. As Willie starts to sing the song ‘Lili Marleen’ she becomes very famous and every soldier hears that song via radio – even Hitler wants to meet her, but she still does not forget Robert, and helps to smuggle photos of concentration camps to the free Switzerland. Robert wants to visit her, but is captured. Will never see Willie again until war is over.

Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Stars: Hanna Schygulla, Giancarlo Giannini, Mel Ferrer, Karl Heinz von Hassel, Erik Schumann, Hark Bohm, Gottfried John, Karin Baal, Christine Kaufmann, Udo Kier, Roger Fritz, Rainer Will, Raúl Gimenez, Adrian Hoven, Willy Harlander, Barbara Valentin, Helen Vita, Elisabeth Volkmann, Lilo Pempeit, Traute Hoess, Brigitte Mira, Herb Andress.


Note: Despite being a German film this was shot in English, so 97% of the film is in English with a few scenes in German, for those scenes I included English subtitles, the English audio was extracted from the Australian DVD release. As of 6/12/2019 this film it’s not available on R1 DVD. Enjoy guys!

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  1. JW
    June 12, 2019

    Awesome! Many thanks, Jon!!!

  2. Quinn
    June 12, 2019

    This is one of my most sought after films. I’m so happy! Thank you!

  3. Patrizia Cavaliere
    May 16, 2020

    Thank you so much! This film is one of his best works and sadly not available anywhere. So happy I could watch it.

    • Jon W.
      February 5, 2022

      Por supuesto! 🙂

  4. January 15, 2023

    Hello Jon,
    This is one of my most desired Rarefilmm watches but I’m never able to get more than a few seconds in. Please advise!

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