This is the full version of the famous documentary film laying out the background story of the song ‘Lili Marlene' which was made in 1944 by Humphrey Jennings using actors as well as authentic war-time footage and personalities with connections to the song. Hans Leip wrote the words of ‘Lilli Marleen' in 1915 when he was just 22 but the music, by Norbert Schultze, to the poem was not composed until 1938 and the first recording was by Danish singer Lale (pronounced ‘Lahlay') Anderson in 1939, then titled "The Girl Under the Lantern", and sung in German. The song was adopted by the Nazis and was broadcast on a propaganda radio programme for some 500 continuous nights and was eventually heard by the Eighth Army who tuned in to the programme having no other entertainment and then adopted it as their own, so it became the most popular war-time song for both sides of the conflict. Arguably the most famous version is by Marlene Dietrich who changed the spelling to her name, but there have been many different lyric versions written in translation... There are interesting clips in the film of Lale Anderson herself singing her famous song, though nowhere is there mention of the poem written by Hans Leip in 1915.
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