Lili Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Lili by Bronislau Kaper.
At a glance:
67 minutes of score
Geek Score: 80
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 13.88
Album Excellence: 21%
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Lili from 1953 directed by Charles Walters and composed by Bronislau Kaper is up next in Polish Film Music Composers month. It’s about an An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer. This score won Best Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture at the 1953 academy awards and it was in stiff competition with “Above and Beyond” by Hugo Friedhofer and “Julius Caesar” by Miklos Rozsa. Lili is set in and around a carnival so there’s a lot of carnival music, both score and source cues. That alone can be a point of frustration, but it certainly sets it apart.
The score is really charming if you’re in the right mood and I think that fans of the movie will enjoy this score immensely. I can understand the Oscar nomination and win because this is really immersing you in that carnival setting. Also the ‘Main Title / Prologue’ or the ‘Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo (Accordion)’ theme is very famous and referenced in pop culture even today. When you hear it there’s a big chance you’ll know it.
I think if you’re into carnival music and the movie, this might be the best score ever. I’m not a big fan of carnival music and I’ve never seen the movie, but I got to admit it’s charming and has a great main theme.
1. Main Title / Prologue
2. Lili Follows The Boys
8. Adoration Ballet
13. Main Title / Prologue (Original Version)