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cover: Phantom of Liberty, The (Le Fantôme de la Liberté)

Phantom of Liberty, The (Le Fantôme de la Liberté)

Director(s): Luis Bunuel

Theatrical Release: 1974

Cast: Jean-Claude Brialy, Monica Vitti, Paul Frankeur, Paul Le Person, Francois Maistre, Jean Rochefort

Genre(s): Comedy, Avant-Garde, Criterion Collection, Dean's List

Countries: France, Italy

Location in store: Spanish Directors > Luis Bunuel

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Running Time: 104m.

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. -- John Voorhees (


Criterion Collection DVD #290 Special Features:

+ New, restored high-definition digital transfer

+ Video introduction by screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière

+ New and improved English subtitle translation

+ Original theatrical trailer

+ A new essay by culture critic Gary Indiana