Luis Buñuel

The Phantom of Liberty

The Phantom of Liberty

Bourgeois convention is demolished in Luis Buñuel’s surrealist gem The Phantom of Liberty. Featuring an elegant soiree with guests seated at toilet bowls, poker-playing monks using religious medals as chips, and police officers looking for a missing girl who is right under their noses, this perverse, playfully absurd comedy of non sequiturs deftly compiles many of the themes that preoccupied Buñuel throughout his career—from the hypocrisy of conventional morality to the arbitrariness of social arrangements.

Film Info

  • Luis Buñuel
  • France
  • 1974
  • 104 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • French
  • Spine #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
  • PLUS: A 32-page booklet featuring a new essay by critic Gary Indiana and a reprinted interview with Buñuel

Cover based on a theatrical poster by René Ferracci

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Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Video introduction by screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A 32-page booklet featuring a new essay by critic Gary Indiana and a reprinted interview with Buñuel

Cover based on a theatrical poster by René Ferracci

The Phantom of Liberty
Cast
Adriana Asti
Sister of the 1st police commissioner/Lady in black
Julien Bertheau
1st police commissioner
Jean-Claude Brialy
M. Foucauld
Adolfo Celi
M. Legendre’s physician
Anne-Marie Deschott
Mlle Rosenblum
Paul Frankeur
Innkeeper
Pierre Lary
The sniper
Michel Lonsdale
The hatter
François Maistre
The police academy instructor
Muni
The Foucaulds’ nursemaid
Hélène Perdrière
Old aunt
Michel Piccoli
The 2nd police commissioner
Claude Piéplu
Chief of police
Jean Rochefort
M. Legendre
Bernard Verley
French Army captain
Monica Vitti
Mme Foucauld
Milena Vukotic
Nurse
Credits
Director
Luis Buñuel
Screenplay
Luis Buñuel
Screenplay
Jean-Claude Carrière
Producer
Serge Silberman
Assistant directors
Jacques Frankel
Assistant directors
Pierre Lary
Cinematography
Edmond Richard
Production design
Pierre Guffroy
Sound
Guy Villette
Costume design
Jacqueline Guyot
Makeup
Monique Archambault
Editing
Hélène Plemiannikov
Production manager
Ully Pickard

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Luis Buñuel

Writer, Director

As made clear in his seminal works Viridiana and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie—delirious screeds against, respectively, religion and social conformity—Luis Buñuel was one of cinema’s great subversives and mischief makers. He began his career as a member of the French surrealists—his first films, Un chien andalou and L’âge d’or, absurd and violently sexual scandals that met with censorship, were collaborations with Salvador Dalí. After years of working alternately in his native Spain (where the scintillating, shaming faux documentary Land Without Bread and, later, Viridiana were both banned), the United States, and Mexico, Buñuel made most of his late films in France, combining surrealist non sequiturs with attacks on the bourgeoisie, the church, and social hypocrisy in general in such masterpieces as The Milky Way, The Phantom of Liberty, and That Obscure Object of Desire.