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

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  27 October 1974 (USA)
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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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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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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 professeur des gendarmes: Madrid was filled with the stench of -pardon my language - food. It was indecent.
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A Delicious Surrealistic Satire to the Moral and Costumes of the Society, to the Family and to the Church
5 May 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Through many episodes with some linking points since 1808 in Toledo (Spain) to the present days in France, Bunuel presents a delicious surrealistic satire to the moral and costumes of the hypocrite society, to the family values and to the church. I liked very much some parts, like, for example, the hypocrisy of the priests in a hotel, praying for the health of the father of a guest in a moment, and drinking and playing cards like gangsters in the next moment. The bourgeoisie family sat on toilets in the dining room and producing crap while having a conversation is fantastic, reflecting his opinion about the dominating class. The little girl that "vanished" for her parents is a great critics to the behavior of most families. The hypocrisy of the justice, reflected in the segment of the sniper. It is amazing the interpretations each segment offers to the viewer through the symbolism of Bunuel. However, this movie is recommend for very specific audiences. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Fantasma da Liberdade" ("The Phantom of the Liberty")


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