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The Phantom of Liberty (Criterion Collection) (1974)

Cast: Jean-Claude Brialy, Monica Vitti, Paul Frankeur, more...
Director: Luis Buņuel
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Foreign, Black Comedy, France, Experimental/Avant-Garde, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 104 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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One of Luis Buņuel'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. ~ John Voorhees, All Movie Guide


  • Video introduction by screenwriter Jean-Claude Carričre
  • Original theatrical trailer

GreenCine Member Reviews

At Last! by randomcha May 3, 2005 - 7:00 PM PDT
3 out of 6 members found this review helpful
Hooray! Bunuel's most audacious comedy, finally on DVD! Plotless & brilliant, the film segues from character to character, free-associating between absurd scenarious with bone dry humor. Or, as Bunuel himself used to say, "Thank God I'm an atheist!"

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