Lili is an American feature film from director Charles Walters from the year 1953. It is based on the story " The man who hated people" by Paul Gallico. In the U.S., the film opened on 10 March 1953 in Germany on 18 December 1953.


The young orphan Lili comes in a French coastal town to take up a job in a bakery. However, the master baker, who was a friend of her father, passed away unexpectedly. Lili has no perspective and no job. She learns the owner of a fashion business know. But it comes with the man to a fight because he has dubious intentions. Lili meets an attractive magician giving a presentation at a county fair in the city. Lili takes on the fair to a position as a waitress in order to stay with the magician can. But when she instead of working visits, the magic show, she is fired. The wizard does not help you too. He tells her the contrary, they should go where they come from.

Hopeless and heartbroken Lili decides to kill himself. The puppeteer the funfair prevents this by involving it in his puppet theater in a conversation. But he does not speak himself, but can speak his dolls with Lili. A group of workers comes by and are amused to see how Lili, who apparently did not want to admit in their situation that the dolls are steered by a man who speaks with the dolls and sings. After the curtain has fallen, the puppeteer offers her a job in his imagination.

The puppeteer is a bitter man. A leg injury from the war destroyed his career as a dancer. He falls in love with Lili and shows his feelings through his puppets. But Lili not noticed that and tried again to meet with the magician. One evening comes the drunken puppeteer back to the caravan, which he shares with Lili and his assistant. He pushes with his injured leg on the wall. Lili takes care of him and reaps an amorous look at what they worried. The puppeteer is trying to figure out what Lili wants, but just stares at a poster for the Magic Show. The puppeteer is disappointed and hopeless.

Lili finds out that the magician has only played with her and married his assistant. She asks her doll friends to help her say that she should forget the magician. Lili has the dolls always regarded as real, which helped her a lot and they seem to love. She tries to embrace the dolls and discovered the puppeteer. Annoyed admits Lili herself that she had always forget that a man was behind the dolls. The puppeteer tells her that in each doll put a piece of soul from him.

Lili is leaving the fair. Travelling on a deserted country road she imagines that she would dance with each doll that people are now large. Each of the dolls is transformed into the puppeteer and then faded in her mind. Lili realized that their friendship is reflected to the dolls their friendship to the puppeteer. As the last doll is in her imagination to puppeteer, she holds him tight. The two walk down the street hand in hand. As Lili in reality is back, she runs back to the fair. The puppeteer they expected, and the two fall into each other 's arms. The dolls, this time apparently steered independently without human hand, to see and applaud.


  • The New York Times led the 2004 film on their list Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made.
  • The Internet portal " " speaks of " A magical romance of purity of heart, whose film music restrained used lends the soulful work of a special touch. "


  • Film composer Bronislau Kaper and screenwriter Helen German co-authored sung by Lili and the puppets song Hi- Lili, Hi -Lo.
  • Movie Listings for this movie in the New York Herald Tribune, March 10, 1953 show the first known emoticons (smileys ). In the said edition of the newspaper on page 20, columns 4 to 6 we find the following text: . "Today you'll laugh you'll cry :-( :-) You'll love <3 Lili " It was not until 10 years later created Harvey over the world-renowned yellow " smiley face".
  • Art director Cedric Gibbons, also nominated for an Oscar for this film, won 11 Oscars in his career, his colleague Paul size three.
  • Also oscar received numerous awards is the Decorator Edwin B. Willis, he also has been nominated for this film. He won eight statues, his colleague Arthur Krams one.
  • The sound engineer Douglas Shearer got in his career seven Oscars. For this film, he was not nominated. Even the special effects expert Warren Newcombe was not nominated. He could take the Oscar three times in his career with home.


  • Academy Awards 1954 Award: Best Original Score - Bronislau Caper
  • Best Director - Charles Walters
  • Best Actress - Leslie Caron
  • Best Adapted Screenplay - Helen German
  • Best Camera - Color - Robert H. Planck
  • Award: Best Screenplay - Helen German
  • British Film Academy Award for best foreign actress Leslie Caron
  • International Film Festival of Cannes: International Prize for Charles Walters for the best entertainment movie
  • WGA Award from the Writers Guild of America for Helen German