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Even fans of the picture would have to admit that the weird storyline had something to do with it, too. Andrews plays a World War I singer in London and Paris who's actually a spy for the Germans (part of her cover is singing popular patriotic songs, such as "Pack Up Your Troubles" and "It's a Long Way to Tipperary"). Her new assignment is to get information from a famous pilot (Rock Hudson), but naturally she falls in love with him along the way. The movie's WWI aerial sequences (shot in Ireland) are a little like the film's approach: soaring, graceful, and disconnected from any carnage that might be happening in the trenches. However, if you can appreciate Edwards' slapstick prowess and commitment to the screwball-romance style of filmmaking, there's much to admire.
For one thing, Edwards photographs Julie Andrews with the loving devotion of a new husband. For another, his feeling for the widescreen frame as a big playground for lush color and busy action is well-served by the DVD release--this is a visually gorgeous movie. The new songs by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer include the superb opening number--evocatively shot--called "Whistling in the Dark." The DVD is billed as a "Director's Cut," but is shorter than the original release, a result of Edwards himself reportedly retooling the picture after 1970 (the disc has a whopping hour's worth of additional scenes). Whichever way it's sliced, Darling Lili was always going to be a strangely mixed movie, with Pink Panther-style bits sitting next to Mata Hari skullduggery. Fans of Julie Andrews and the vanished elegance of visual storytelling will find much to savor nevertheless. --Robert Horton
This is one of my all-time favorite movies, and it grieves me to give it a one-star rating. But this drastically abbreviated, utterly mutilated version of a grand classic is a... Read morePublished 7 days ago by justin glenn
Picture was great, like new. Always loved this movie, and it was good to see it again.Published 25 days ago by Sandra
This movie is very funny at times. Julie Andrews is truly an amazing actress!Published 1 month ago by icamcc
By the end of the 1960s Blake Edwards was going through a creative crisis that would last until 1975 when he turned again to Inspector Closeau in "The Return of the Pink... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Edgar Soberon Torchia
Very funny and underrated film. Over acted in a few spots, but well worth the time. Excellent music and flying sequences. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Randall C.
Saw this in a Korean ntsc dvd and picked it up much much cheaper than the pal version from the UK. The cover art is almost Identical to the pal uk dvd. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Pygar