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Criterion Coll: Phantom of Liberty [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Jean-Claude Brialy , Adolfo Celi , Luis Buñuel    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Brialy, Adolfo Celi, Michel Piccoli, Monica Vitti, Adriana Asti
  • Directors: Luis Buñuel
  • Writers: Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Producers: Serge Silberman, Ulrich Picard
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 24 May 2005
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WFYC0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,463 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a sketch show 4 Feb 2010
On the surface this is as funny as "Bourgoisie", but much more satirical and subversive as the subject is grander, liberty itself. If you watch it for the comedy some rather unsettling messages remain in your head afterwards. That doesn't stop it being funny, the best comedy always makes you think as well as be entertained. Like "Bourgoisie" and "Object of Desire" this is a series of connected stories rather than a continuous narrative (in fact more so) and together the three films form a thought provoking trilogy. Watch all three (although unfortunately this is the wrong format for Europe, so you have to reset the DVD player, grrr!).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Assorted tales of misuse of Liberty 9 Jun 2005
Some people find it difficult to understant this movie, because it has no plot. Others think it is funny..
It is a series of "Vignetes" linked by a very tiny idea thread. The key to understand it is Goya's painting "El 3 de Mayo 1808 - Las executiones" about the executions of Spaniards in Toledo. Someone shouts "Vivan las cadenas" (hail to the chains). Bunuel himself plays a friar that faces the firing squad and dies. The French soldiers where supposed to bring freedom to the enchained Spanish people.
The same painting appears at the Police Inspector's office when the parents go there to report the missing daughter that is right there answering the Inspector's questions..
Later on, this same inspector arrests one "Prefet de Police" that went to the Cemitery and tried to open the coffin of his dead sister..A second "Prefect de Police" appears (played by Michel Picolli). He desmisses the inspector and both "Prefets", after drinking a scotch, go happily to the zoo to disperse a protest. We do not see the protesters, but hear the sounds of shots and cries of victims. Just before the "prefects" comment: "if some animals are killed, too bad for them..."
"Bunuel was everything, but arbitrary.." says (in French) Jean-Claude Carriere in a "Proposito de Bunuel" a documentary that accompanies the Criterion DVD of "Discreet Charm of the Bourgeosie".
I say Bunuel was never "funny, and in this movie he is crystal clear. Freedom only brings misery to mankind, except to a priviledged few who make stupid use if it...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Inculcated with too much Monty python 4 Feb 2010
Clearly the result of trying to do a monty python, but coming from the wrong culture for it, he must be at least applauded for the attempt. There were longeurs, and several conceits simply didn't work, but it tripped fairly nicely along, it's just that I saw it after Descreet charm of the bourgeose, which is a superior film.
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