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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 (collaboration)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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

As unusual, eccentric, and bizarre vignettes of mundane and seemingly innocuous conventions of our social and private lives success one another, somehow, Napoléon Bonaparte's troops, earthly monks, dangerous snipers, and the peculiar disappearance of a beloved one metamorphose into banal instances of our daily existence. With this in mind, under those surreal circumstances, the abnormal becomes normal, the obvious transforms into something unclear or even invisible, and the extraordinary transfigures into ordinary. But, are things always black and white? How real is the haunting spectre of liberty? Written by Nick Riganas

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Luis Bunuel's kinkiest comedy.

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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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 »

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

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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Connections

Referenced in Call Me by Your Name (2017) See more »

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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Dated Politics
29 May 2010 | by tedgSee all my reviews

I have little appreciation for Bunuel, I admit.

He is an amazing filmmaker, with a consistency and control that impresses. The integration of unexpected shifts — sometimes cinematic, and self-described as "surreal" are the foundation for films that matter to me. It is just that I feel his concerns are trivial, that the focus on a critique of society with the critique being as flawed, as superficial.

There is one quality of this film in particular that I would like to recommend: the seamless continuity across many episodes and characters. I don't know if it originated with him, but it is now widely used to escape the constraints of a single character and give us larger long form.

It allows humor and puzzlement to be spread as comment.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,172, 10 November 2002

Gross USA:

$6,172

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,749
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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