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


Two tickets.

Ladies and gentlemen,

step right up!

Come one, come all

to the Hippo-Palace...

where style meets fun.

Great. You're really getting

a taste for it, madam.

What you need is a subscription.

Take the zebra this time.

That's it, jockey-style. Keep your knees

in tight. Careful with the silk stockings!

Come on, you amazon ladies.

Saddle up quickly.

Half price for the military...

and half price for children.

Hey, skinny,

you're gonna tip us over!

Come on, try sideways!

Step right up!

Who wants a good time?

We give you a good time

and in style!

Step right up.

Take a break

from the other attractions.

We'll show you a good time.

No pushing or shoving.

You're not competing

for a tea set here.

What we offer

is personal pleasure.

Come on, ladies first.

I see we have some high society here.

You want to join in, kids?

Here they are, the real experts.

There's one seat left.

The last! The best!

Who will take it?

What's this?

An important visitor!

Over here, Admiral!

Only half price!

We've got a lot of roll and pitch here,

and rough seas.

Bring your balloons over here.

Don't listen to him.

You'll get seasick.

It'll make you weak.

That's it, step right up!

Push the torpedo boat.

I'll show you how it's done.

Hey, Admiral,

made up your mind yet?

Leave him.

Take a look at these pretties.

You've dreamed about them

in the China Sea.

They're young, they're fresh,

and they're not shy.

To find the same ones in Singapore...

in Tananarive, in Chandernagore...

you'd have to get up real early.

Don't listen to him!

Stay here!

You could be world champion

in three shots.

No need for skill.

All you need is strength.

Watch this! Once.


Three times!

There we go!

Now it's your turn.

I'm gonna feel the wind

in my sails again.

Yes, but stay anchored

on the good old earth.

Here, next to Mrs. Aperon.

She fought in the war, you know.

Take it slow. Have fun.

All right, any way you want.

Be careful you don't blow away.

There's a strong wind.

And that makes a full house!

Sorry, madam.

There'll be room on the next ride.

And now let me have

your tickets.

Thanks, sweetheart. Thank you.

I see you're not afraid

of catching a cold.

What will I have the pleasure of singing

for these ladies and gents?

- Something sentimental?

- "Love's Sorrow."

- Silence!

- "Speak To Me of Love."

We'll get to that later!


You, the cutie over there!

This is your fourth ride.

What do you want me to sing?

Come on, I'm listening.

- "Come, Child's Child."

- Yes, "Come, Child's Child."

Sold! "Come, Child's Child."

Start the music.

Here we go, gently and slowly.

One, two, three, four...

Come with me, it's spring

The weather's so fair.

That it makes my head spin

I'll take you for a ride

on a carousel pony.

In my neighborhood

there's a party.

Come, child's child

Let's go for a spin.

Let's have a ball

and turn and turn.

Don't be beastly

We'll share true love.

Night and day.

On the carousel horses

we will feel much better.

Holding you tight against me

Cheek to cheek.

We take off happily.

Toward the sky.

Come, child's child

We'll go for a spin.

Here in my arms

We'll speak of love.

Don't be beastly

We'll love each other truly.

You have to grab it!

Hey, you see that?

Liliom's chatting up a young thing.

And he's right to do it.

You have to be friendly to customers.

I really don't care,

but he's going a bit far.

What do you say?

Is Liliom right?

Just being friendly

to the customers?

Go take care of your torpedo boat.

You might have a customer,

though I doubt it.

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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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