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Le fantôme de la liberté (1974)

R | | Comedy | 27 October 1974 (USA)
This surrealist film consists of a series of only vaguely related episodes, most famously the dinner party scene in which people sit on lavatories round a dinner table, occasionally ... See full summary »

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Cast

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L'aubergiste / Innkeeper
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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 ...
Le capitaine des dragons / Judge
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L'infirmière / Nurse (as Miléna Vukotic)
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This surrealist film consists of a series of only vaguely related episodes, most famously the dinner party scene in which people sit on lavatories round a dinner table, occasionally retiring to a small room to eat. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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27 October 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Specter of Freedom  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,172, 8 November 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,172, 10 November 2002
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1.66 : 1
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Director's trademark: [insects] Foucauld places a large framed spider on the mantelpiece after declaring that he is "sick of symmetry" See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Rhapsody in G minor
Written by Johannes Brahms
Played on the piano by the sister of the police commissioner
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Surrealism at its best
28 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

One of Buñuel's greatest films. Scene after scene arguments are used as beautiful excuses to subvert reality and attack established and hypocritical institutions with acute humor and surrealist means. If you have a taste for surrealism and absurd humor (i.e. Monty Python, Marx Bros., etc.) this movie cannot be recommended enough.

One small correction: the sniper is not sentenced to death but to capital punishment which results in something altogether different from death (and far more sarcastic).


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