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Le fantôme de la liberté (1974)

R | | Comedy | 27 October 1974 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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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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27 October 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Specter of Freedom  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$6,172 (USA) (8 November 2002)

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$6,172 (USA) (10 November 2002)
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1.66 : 1
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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

Le docteur de Legendre/Doctor Pasolini: You have cancer of the liver.
Legendre/Mr. Legendre: Cancer? Me?
Le docteur de Legendre/Doctor Pasolini: It's in a fairly advanced state. But today, you know, these things... Cigarette?
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Edited into The Clock (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Rhapsody in G minor
Written by Johannes Brahms
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 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See 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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