Friday, April 24, 2009

Freedom for Us

Freedom for Us is the English title for À nous la liberté, a 1931 René Clair comedy film. Georges Auric did the music.

Youtube has it online divided into 9 sections with embedding disabled. It is in French. There are English subtitles in every section except #8. Here are links to each segment: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9 [These have been removed.]


The New York Times calls it "a Strange Mixture of Fantasy and Realism" and says it "is assuredly different from any other screen feature. It bristles with strange originality." ends by saying,
But it is not the technical excellence of the film which remains in one's mind. It is the puncturing of pomposity, the rejection of dehumanizing technical processes, the statement of essential human values and an appreciation of the incongruities of human existence.

Senses of Cinema:
À nous la liberté is a landmark in the history of film comedy because it's funny, yet it is too satirical for farce, too farcical for satire. And it is a landmark in the history of sound film.

Films de France begins with this:
À nous la liberté was one of the early triumphs of sound cinema and has retained its status as one of the all-time greats of French cinema.

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