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The Phantom of Liberty (Le fantôme de la liberté) (1974)

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Adriana Asti Adriana Asti
La dame en noir et la soeur du premier préfet / Prefect's Sister
Julien Bertheau Julien Bertheau
Le premier préfet de police / First Prefect
Jean-Claude Brialy Jean-Claude Brialy
Foucauld / Mr. Foucauld
Adolfo Celi Adolfo Celi
Le docteur de Legendre / Doctor Pasolini
Paul Frankeur Paul Frankeur
L'aubergiste / Innkeeper
Michael Lonsdale Michael Lonsdale
Le chapelier / Hatter
Pierre Maguelon Pierre Maguelon
Gérard, le gendarme / Policeman
François Maistre François Maistre
Le professeur des gendarmes / Professor


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Luis Bunuel's films are among the most difficult to understand. Watch An Andalusian Dog, and if you manage to understand more than 2 minutes of it, then you have made it more than I ever could. Same goes for Belle De Jour, although it is pretty much straightforward - It is the ending that has left a-many baffled. This film, however, is beyond anything I've seen. The Phantom of Liberty is an absurd... read more
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Description: Bourgeois convention is demolished in Luis Bunuel's surrealist gem The Phantom of Liberty. Featuring an elegant soiree with guests seated at the toilet bowls, poker playing monks using religious medals as chips, and police officers looking for a missing girl who is right under their noses, this perverse, playfully absurd comedy of non sequiturs deftly compiles many of the themes that preoccupied Bunuel throughout his career--from the hypocrisy of conventional morality to the arbitrariness of social arrangements. ... (more)
Release date: 27 October 1974
UPC: 037429207628
Tags: France (7), Surrealism (5), 1970s (5), Drama (4), French (4), Soldier (3), Photograph (3), 1974 (3), Whipping (2), Incest (2), Religion (2), Absurdism (2), Police (2), Italy (2), Shooting (2), Sniper (2), Absurd (2), Comedy (2), (2), Missing Child (1)
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“Luis Bunuel's films are among the most difficult to understand. Watch An Andalusian Dog, and if you manage to understand more than 2 minutes of it, then you have made it more than I ever could. Same goes for Belle De Jour, although it is pretty much straightforward - It is the ending that has left a-many baffled. This film, however, is beyond anything I've seen. The Phantom of Liberty is an absurd, but delicious surreal film that has amusing little scenes here and there. Characters are not given enough screen time to form a personality and associate themselves with the backdrop, and being a surreal film, many events are left unexplained and a large body of them cover taboo topics. Unusual traits for a movie, but then again Bunuel was no usual, everyday director. The scenes don't make sense” read more

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