Directed by Charles Walters • 1953 • United States
Starring Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont
Leslie Caron stars as the title character, a vulnerable orphan waif who finds a home with the puppet show in a traveling circus—and the love of a magician (Jean-Pierre Aumont) who, at first, can only open his heart through the deeds and words of his marionettes. But Lili is just another conquest for the magician, who returns to his wife (Zsa Zsa Gabor). The marionettes, however, console and care for Lili with a tenderness that slowly reawaken love within the young woman.