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The Phantom of Liberty (1974)

Le fantôme de la liberté (original title)
R | | Comedy | 27 October 1974 (USA)
A series of surreal sequences that critique morality and society in a stream of consciousness style.

Director:

Luis Buñuel (as Luis Bunuel)

Writers:

Luis Buñuel (scenario) (as Luis Bunuel), Jean-Claude Carrière
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adriana Asti Adriana Asti ... La dame en noir et la soeur du premier préfet / Prefect's Sister
Julien Bertheau ... Le premier préfet de police / First Prefect
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Foucauld / Mr. Foucauld
Adolfo Celi ... Le docteur de Legendre / Doctor Pasolini
Paul Frankeur ... L'aubergiste / Innkeeper
Michael Lonsdale ... Le chapelier / Hatter
Pierre Maguelon ... Gérard, le gendarme / Policeman
François Maistre François Maistre ... Le professeur des gendarmes / Professor
Hélène Perdrière Hélène Perdrière ... La vieille tante / Aunt
Michel Piccoli ... Le second préfet de police / Second Prefect
Claude Piéplu ... Le commissaire de police / Commissioner
Jean Rochefort ... Legendre / Mr. Legendre
Bernard Verley ... Le capitaine des dragons / Judge
Milena Vukotic ... L'infirmière / Nurse (as Miléna Vukotic)
Monica Vitti ... Mme Foucaud / Mrs. Foucauld
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Luis Bunuel's kinkiest comedy.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Phantom of Liberty See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Sophie: Mommy, I'm very hungry!
L'hôtesse à la réception mondaine: Sophie, it's impolite to use those words at the table!
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Soundtracks

Carnaval, opus 9, movement number 12 - Chopin
Written by Robert Schumann
Played on the piano by the sister of the police commissioner
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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 Claudio CarvalhoSee 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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