Synopsis: Two women love the same man in a world of few prospects. In Budapest, Liliom is a "public figure," a rascal who's a carousel barker, loved by the experienced merry-go-round owner and by a young, innocent maid. The maid, Julie, loses her job after going out with Liliom; he's fired by his jealous employer for going out with Julie. The two lovers move in with Julie's aunt; unemployment emasculates him and a local weasel tempts him with crime. Julie, now wan, is true to Liliom even in his bad temper. Meanwhile, a stolid widower, a carpenter, wants to marry Julie. Is there any future on this earth for Julie and Liliom, whose love is passionate rather than ideal?
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Director(s): Fritz Lang
Production: Europa Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

Very well.

Don't bite, all right?

Did you see this one?

What a beautiful peony!

Someone snatched my peony.

A hooligan stole it from me.

Is that any way to behave?

I'm telling you, sir.

I turn my back for one minute...

and it's gone.

Come on, don't make a scene.

If you want to ramble on,

rent a booth like the rest of us.

Buy yourself a license.

Apologize or you'll be

picked up by the cops.

I want my peony.

Look. Here it is.

- Oh, my peony!

- I didn't mean to yell at you.

Get out of here now.

- That's kind of you, buddy.

- Buddy?

He pushed you off. I saw him.

- That's not true.

- You, beat it!

He picks on women and drunks...

but strong guys like me,

he wouldn't dare.


That'll teach you

to take on my buddy.


Isn't he strong?

He sure knows a lot of tricks.

You, I know what you are!

What do you think you're doing here?

I'm a working girl.

I have a nice position in a house.

A whorehouse, you mean.

With a license.

Fly legs!

Women who don't behave properly

at the Hippo-Palace, out they go!

Me, not behaving properly?

I know how to behave, madam.

Just what do you take us for?

For a couple of easy women

looking to be fondled by Liliom.

Fondled? I don't let anyone

fondle me.

He was all over you

for a whole ride.

No, madam.

He was leaning against the deer.

A man has the right to lean

wherever he wants.

You are not going to tell

Mr. Liliom not to lean against me...

when he was in fact leaning

against the deer.

"Against the deer." Liar!

- He was holding your waist.

- And if he was? What of it?

- I wasn't talking to you, fish-face.

- He was holding my waist to be polite.

- No kidding. How about the carnation?

- Madam!

Shut up, I tell you!

You were rubbing up against him,

trying to get him excited.

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Ferenc Molnár

Ferenc Molnár (born Ferenc Neumann, 12 January 1878 – 1 April 1952, anglicized as Franz Molnar) was a Hungarian-born author, stage-director, dramatist, and poet, widely regarded as Hungary’s most celebrated and controversial playwrights. His primary aim through his writing was to entertain by transforming his personal experiences into literary works of art. He was never connected to any one literary movement but he did utilize the precepts of Naturalism, Neo-Romanticism, Expressionism, and the Freudian psychoanalytical concepts, but only as long as they suited his desires. “By fusing the realistic narrative and stage tradition of Hungary with Western influences into a cosmopolitan amalgam, Molnár emerged as a versatile artist whose style was uniquely his own.” As a novelist, Molnár may best be remembered for The Paul Street Boys, the story of two rival gangs of youths in Budapest. It has been translated into fourteen languages and adapted for the stage and film. It has been considered a masterpiece by many. It was, however, as a playwright that he made his greatest contribution and how he is best known internationally. "In his graceful, whimsical, sophisticated drawing-room comedies, he provided a felicitous synthesis of Naturalism and fantasy, Realism and Romanticism, cynicism and sentimentality, the profane and the sublime." Out of his many plays, The Devil, Liliom, The Swan, The Guardsman and The Play's the Thing endure as classics. He was influenced by the likes of Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, and Gerhart Hauptmann. He immigrated to the United States to escape persecution of Hungarian Jews during World War II and later adopted American citizenship. Molnár’s plays continue to be relevant and are performed all over the world. His national and international fame has inspired many Hungarian playwrights to include Elemér Boross, László Fodor, Lajos Biró, László Bús-Fekete, Ernö Vajda, Attila Orbók, and Imre Földes, among others. more…

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