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À nous la liberté

René Clair

 
À nous la liberté (Criterion DVD)

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  • France
  • 1931
  • 81 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #160

One of the all-time comedy classics, René Clair’s À nous la liberté tells the story of Louis, an escaped convict who becomes a wealthy industrialist. Unfortunately, his past returns (in the form of old jail pal Emile) to upset his carefully laid plans. Featuring lighthearted wit, tremendous visual innovation, and masterful manipulation of sound, À nous la liberté is both a potent indictment of mechanized modern society and an uproarious comic delight.

Credits

DirectorRené Clair
MusicGeorges Auric
Art directionLazare Meerson
CinematographyGeorges Périnal
EditingRené Le Hénaff
Costume designRené Hubert
Musical directionArmand Bernard
Production directorFrank Clifford

Disc Features

  • New digital transfer
  • Deleted scenes
  • Entr’acte (1924), the short Surrealist masterpiece by Clair and artist Francis Picabia
  • Video interview with Madame Bronja Clair
  • Film historian David Robinson on the Tobis lawsuit against Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Carey Sedito

Film Essays

À nous la liberté

By Michael AtkinsonAugust 19, 2002

Like many artists, René Clair has been the victim of the canon wars. Once considered one of . . . Read more »

Film Essays

À nous la liberté

By Michael AtkinsonAugust 19, 2002

Like many artists, René Clair has been the victim of the canon wars. Once considered one of . . . Read more »