Lili Marleen (1981, West Germany)

Studio: Madman Entertainment
Rating: PG
Running time: 120 minutes
Available Format: DVD

A film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Fassbinder’s big-budget and much-acclaimed Lili Marleen is a story of love, war and propaganda laced with the filmmaker’s unique blend of irony and pathos. Set in 1938, it focuses on Willie, a German cabaret singer who is in love with Robert, a Jewish anti-Nazi activist and composer. Willie becomes a household name after she records a version of “Lili Marleen” which is played nightly on the radio, becoming the song of the moment. Willie becomes synonymous with the song, with Nazism and the war effort, becoming a national icon while at the same time having to hide her love affair with Robert.