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

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  27 October 1974 (USA)
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Cast

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Julien Bertheau ...
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Paul Frankeur ...
L'aubergiste / Innkeeper
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Pierre Maguelon ...
Gérard, le gendarme / Policeman
François Maistre ...
Hélène Perdrière ...
La vieille tante / Aunt
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Claude Piéplu ...
Le commissaire de police / Commissioner
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Bernard Verley ...
Milena Vukotic ...
L'infirmière / Nurse
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One of Luis Bunuel's most free-form and purely Surrealist films, consisting of a series of only vaguely related episodes - most famously, the dinner party scene where people sit on lavatories round a dinner table on, occasionally retiring to a little room to eat. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

27 October 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Specter of Freedom  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,172 (USA) (8 November 2002)

Gross:

$6,172 (USA) (8 November 2002)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The title is a reference to "The Communist Manifesto" which in English begins: "A spectre is stalking Europe, the spectre of Communism." The French translation known to Buñuel translated "spectre" as "fantome". So the title can be seen as a dig at the "Bourgeois" mentality which fears freedom, and also a sideswipe at the rather straightjacketed Communist parties of the time. See more »

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At the beginning of the movie after shooting the prisoners you can see one of the victims moving the hand although he's dead. See more »

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Le père Gabriel/Father Gabriel: Good evening, madame. Do you know what this is?
La dame en noir et la soeur du premier préfet/Prefect's Sister: Yes, it's an image.
Le père Gabriel/Father Gabriel: A miraculous image of St. Joseph. It sometimes has amazing effects on the sick.
La dame en noir et la soeur du premier préfet/Prefect's Sister: Really?
Le père Gabriel/Father Gabriel: Sometimes faith succeeds where science fails. We just came from the Marquise of Pomarede. She was near death. We brought her the image, we prayed, and this morning when we left the chateau...
La dame en noir et la soeur du premier préfet/Prefect's Sister: She was cured?
Le père Gabriel/Father Gabriel: She was a bit better.
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Liberty is a phantom and Bunuel shows why
13 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is one the great comedies but it's not really a laugh out loud satire. The series of barely interlocking sketches really break down your senses of what you expect from movies. My favorite bits are when a little girl goes along with her parents to the police station to report that she has been missing for some time and when the military is brought into a zoo to keep the people away from the animals. The look on the face of an ostrich almost seems to be one of relief. People can read deeply into the messages of the stories or can just be taken for the fun (one might almost say hip) paradoxes of society. I think Bunuel wants to show that complete freedom is impossible because even if you are willing to detach from everybody and everything, you still have your own inner-nature to answer to. **** out of ****


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