Lili Marleen

by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

One of Fassbinder's greatest commercial successes

Lili Marleen is the story of a song and its singer, a tale about an impossible love. The German singer Wilkie loves the young Jewish musician Robert. After the outbreak of World War II, Wilkie achieves stardom with the song "Lili Marleen" - and with the help of a high-ranking Nazi official. Robert is arrested when he foolishly visits Wilkie in Berlin in the midst of the war. Wilkie then risks her life to save her lover, with disastrous consequences... Left without a career or a lover, Wilkie remains alone and forgotten - unlike "Lili Marleen", the song that will be remembered forever.

Genre / Language / Length
Drama / German / 116 minutes
Original title
Lili Marleen
directed by
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
produced by
CIP, Rialto Film, Roxy-Film, Bayerischer Rundfunk, produced by Enzo Peri
  • Hanna Schygulla
  • Giancarlo Giannini
  • Mel Ferrer
  • Karl-Heinz von Hassel