Berlinale: Programme

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Berlinale Special

Lili Marleen

German Version

Deutsche Fassung

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The story of the song broadcast by the German forces radio station Radio Belgrade that was to become a hit on all fronts and the melodramatic life of its singer is ‘orchestrated’ by Rainer Werner Fassbinder as an opulent, Ufa-like spectacle. The film tells the story of Willie, a German performer, and her love for a Swiss musician named Robert who works for a Jewish relief or­ga­ni­­sa­tion. Remaining loyal to him throughout the war, Willie relays secret infor­mation about the death camps – thus putting her career in Nazi Germany at great risk.

Germany (Federal Republic from 1949) 1980/81, 120 min


Rainer Werner Fassbinder


Hanna Schygulla
Giancarlo Giannini
Mel Ferrer