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À Nous la Liberté (1931)
"À nous la liberté" (original title)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins. See more awards »
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Cast

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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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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Timeless French classic
22 November 2006 | by (Much-Snogging-On-The-Green, East Yorkshire) – See all my reviews

This is a little gem of a film that doesn't date nearly as much as you would think, considering it come from the early thirties. The masterful hand of director Rene Clair overcomes an insubstantial plot and imbues the film with some fantastic visuals, humorous satire and some good clean knockabout fun. Two prisoners escape from custody and one reaches the top of the ladder while the other clings onto the bottom rung. Clair makes his feeling about capitalism clear by showing how the worker under the capitalist is as much a prisoner as the people locked in the jail. But any political overtones are not so much that they interrupt with the comic narrative and the film merrily continues with it's chases, bottom-kicking and all manner of good-natured silliness. Highly recommended.


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