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Criterion Coll: Phantom Of Liberty
     

Criterion Coll: Phantom Of Liberty

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Director: Luis Buñuel

Cast: Jean-Claude Brialy, Monica Vitti, Paul Frankeur

 
One of Luis Buñuel's most episodic films, The Phantom of Liberty focuses on no one particular narrative. In the beginning, a man sells postcards of French tourist attractions, calling them "pornographic." A sniper in Montparnasse is hailed as a hero for killing passersby. A "missing" child helps the police fill out the report on her. A group of monks play poker

Overview

One of Luis Buñuel's most episodic films, The Phantom of Liberty focuses on no one particular narrative. In the beginning, a man sells postcards of French tourist attractions, calling them "pornographic." A sniper in Montparnasse is hailed as a hero for killing passersby. A "missing" child helps the police fill out the report on her. A group of monks play poker, using religious medallions as chips, and in the most infamous sequence, a formally dressed social group gathers at toilets around a table, occasionally excusing themselves to go into little stalls in a private room to eat.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
In his next to last film, the great Luis Buñuel makes a hilarious assault on the notion that the human race is in any sense free. As with many of his late masterpieces, such as The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Milky Way, the director strings together a series of anarchic events tinged with the surrealism that had been his signature since he helped found the influential art movement in the 1920s and 1930s. In one, a pair of detectives search for a missing girl who is right in front of them, and in another, a group of aristocrats defecate publicly at a formal dinner, while secreting themselves to perform the shameful act of eating. Always a faithful Freudian, the director insists on the powerful role of unconscious processes in determining our behavior and the arbitrariness of the elaborate social arrangements which result therefrom. Appropriately, the film opens in anarchy and ends with cries of "long live chains."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
UPC:
0037429207628
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
R
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:44:00

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer; Video introduction by screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière from 2000; Original theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; 32-page booklet featuring a new essay by critic Gary Indiana and a reprinted interview with Buñuel

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Claude Brialy Mr. Foucauld
Monica Vitti Mrs. Foucauld
Paul Frankeur Innkeeper
Paul Le Person Monk
François Maistre Professor
Claude Piéplu Commissioner
Marie-France Pisier Mrs. Calmette
Jean Rochefort Mr. Legendre
Bernard Verley Captain
Milena Vukotic Nurse
Adriana Asti Prefect's Sister
Julien Bertheau Prefect
Michel Piccoli Prefect
Adolfo Celi Dr. Legendre,Dr. Pasolini
Pierre Maguelon Policeman Gerard
Hélène Perdrière Aunt
Jenny Astruc Actor
Pascale Audret Actor
Ellen Bahl Francoise
Philippe Brigaud Actor
Philippe Brizzard Actor
Jean Champion First doctor
Jean Degrave Actor
Orane Demazis Actor
Anne Marie Descott Miss Rosenblum
Tobias Engel Actor
Pierre Lary Actor
Marius Laurey Actor
Maxence Mailfort Actor
Marc Mazza Actor
Muni Monk
Bernard Musson Actor
Marcel Pérès Actor
Jean Rougerie Charles
André Rouyer Actor

Technical Credits
Luis Buñuel Director,Screenwriter
Monique Archambault Makeup
Juan Buñuel Screenwriter
Jean-Claude Carrière Screenwriter
Pierre Guffroy Production Designer
Jacqueline Guot Costumes/Costume Designer
Hélène Plemiannikov Editor
Edmond Richard Cinematographer
Serge Silberman Producer
Guy Villette Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "Down With Liberty!"/Becquer's Tale [5:19]
2. Pictures From a Stranger [2:46]
3. Unbelievable, Repulsive, Nauseating [5:09]
4. Dreams? [2:31]
5. Fox Hunt [1:29]
6. Overnight Stay [5:01]
7. Prayer... and Some Poker [6:46]
8. "The Die Is Cast" [8:06]
9. Conversation Over Port [8:18]
10. A Lift to Argenton [2:16]
11. Law and Misdemeanor [7:49]
12. A General Unheaval [5:03]
13. Speeding Ticket [1:41]
14. "Cigarette?" [3:56]
15. Aliette Disappears [4:45]
16. Police Report [3:36]
17. Killing Spree [5:25]
18. Sniper/Hero [3:35]
19. Reunion [1:54]
20. The Police Commissioner's Sister [11:17]
21. Zoo Revolt [7:08]

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The Phantom of Liberty 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites from Luis Bunuel, a brilliantly entertaining work of surrealist cinema. You must see it!