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À Nous la Liberté (1931)
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Complete credited cast:
Henri Marchand ...
Émile
Raymond Cordy ...
Louis
Rolla France ...
Jeanne
Paul Ollivier ...
L'oncle (as Paul Olivier)
Jacques Shelly ...
Paul
André Michaud ...
Le contremaitre
Germaine Aussey ...
Maud - la femme de Louis
Léon Lorin ...
Le vieux monsieur sourd
William Burke ...
L'ancien détenu
Vincent Hyspa ...
Le vieil orateur
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A famous left-wing satirical comedy about two ex-convicts, one of whom escaped jail and then worked his way up from salesman to factory owner, where he oversees a highly mechanized operation where the workers are reduced to mere automatons. Fearful of being exposed over his past, at first by his friend and later by another gangster, the owner chooses to give his factory to the workers, then escapes with his friend to the freedom of the open road. The production company for "A Nous la Liberte" was for more than a decade embroiled in a lawsuit claiming that Charles Chaplin had seen their film and plagiarized many ideas from it as he developed "Modern Times." Written by footsperry

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Le chef-d'oeuvre de René Clair

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Comedy | Musical

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31 December 1931 (USA)  »

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À Nous la Liberté  »

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First film not in English to receive an Oscar nomination See more »

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[Voice over Singer]: Liberty is the happy man's due / He enjoys love and skies of blue / But then there are some / Who no worse crimes have done / It's the sad story we tell / From a prison cell
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Such a great early satirical comedy/musical!
16 November 2007 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

What a great pleasant treat this movie was! It was an absolute delicious and fun movie to watch.

This movie is a well known left-wing satirical comedy, with most excellent timing- and constructed comical sequences and slapstick moments. It also makes its point well; commenting on the coming of the industrial technology and how the common worker becomes the victim of this and on capitalism. René Clair's view on those things becomes all too clear when watching this movie but it's done in such a way that it doesn't distract from the movie or takes anything away of the movie its entertainment value.

It's one of the very first real musicals. The songs and sequences that go by it are very fun, which make it pleasant to both look at and listen to.

On top of that the movie has a good, well constructed story. It makes this movie so much more than just a fun simplistic comedy of which hundreds got made of in the '30's. No, this movie is far from a simplistic made one. It features many different genre elements and layers. It's a clever movie that hits its mark in an effective- but above all most fun way.

The characters are all great and fun to watch. They are well set up and portrayed in the movie. All of them are fun in a different and unique way.

The movie had some great and impressive art directing (also nominated for an Oscar) and some great innovative camera-work as well. It's a great looking movie that really pleases the eye. Also the good nimble editing makes the sequences within in the movie work out all just great.

Absolutely a great and fun movie to watch, over and over again, without loosing any of its power. It makes this movie a true timeless classic!.

10/10

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