René Clair

À nous la liberté

À nous la liberté

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.

Film Info

  • René Clair
  • France
  • 1931
  • 81 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
  • Spine #160

Special 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

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Special 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

À nous la liberté
Cast
Henri Marchand
Emile
Raymond Cordy
Louis
Rolla France
Jeanne
Paul Ollivier
Paul Imaque
Jacques Shelley
Paul
Germaine Aussey
Maud
Credits
Director
René Clair
Music
Georges Auric
Art direction
Lazare Meerson
Cinematography
Georges Périnal
Editing
René Le Hénaff
Costume design
René Hubert
Musical direction
Armand Bernard
Production director
Frank Clifford

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