Luis Buñuel

The Phantom of Liberty

The Phantom of Liberty

Luis Buñuel’s vision of the inherent absurdity of human social rituals reaches its taboo-annihilating extreme in what may be his most morally subversive and formally audacious work. Zigzagging across time and space, from the Napoleonic era to the present day, The Phantom of Liberty unfolds as a picaresque, its characters traveling between tableaux in a series of Dadaist non sequiturs. Unbound by the laws of narrative logic, Buñuel lets his surrealist’s id run riot in an exuberant revolt against bourgeois rationality that seems telegraphed directly from his unconscious to the screen.

Film Info

  • Luis Buñuel
  • France
  • 1974
  • 103 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  • Spine #290

Blu-ray Special Edition Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Interview from 2000 with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Analysis of the film from 2017 by film scholar Peter William Evans
  • Episode of the French television series Pour le cinéma from 1974 featuring actors Michel Piccoli and Jean-Claude Brialy
  • Episode of the French television program Le dernier des cinq from 1974 featuring Brialy
  • Documentary from 1985 about producer Serge Silberman, who worked with Luis Buñuel on five of the director’s final seven films
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation

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Collector's Set

Three Films by Luis Buñuel

Three Films by Luis Buñuel

Blu-Ray Box Set

3 Discs

$79.96

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • Interview from 2000 with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Analysis of the film from 2017 by film scholar Peter William Evans
  • Episode of the French television series Pour le cinéma from 1974 featuring actors Michel Piccoli and Jean-Claude Brialy
  • Episode of the French television program Le dernier des cinq from 1974 featuring Brialy
  • Documentary from 1985 about producer Serge Silberman, who worked with Luis Buñuel on five of the director’s final seven films
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
The Phantom of Liberty
Cast
Adriana Asti
Sister of the first police commissioner/Lady in black
Julien Bertheau
First police commissioner
Jean-Claude Brialy
M. Foucauld
Adolfo Celi
M. Legendre’s physician
Paul Frankeur
Innkeeper
Michel Lonsdale
Hatter
Pierre Maguelon
Policeman
François Maistre
Police academy instructor
Michel Piccoli
Second police commissioner
Hélène Perdrière
Old aunt
Claude Piéplu
Chief of police
Jean Rochefort
M. Legendre
Bernard Verley
French Army captain
Milena Vukotic
Nurse
Monica Vitti
Mme Foucauld
Anne-Marie Deschott
Mlle Rosenblum
Pierre Lary
The sniper
Muni
The Foucaulds’ nursemaid
Credits
Director
Luis Buñuel
Screenplay
Luis Buñuel
Screenplay
Jean-Claude Carrière
Editor
Hélène Plemiannikov
Production design
Pierre Guffroy
Director of photography
Edmond Richard
Production manager
Ully Pickard
Producer
Serge Silberman
Assistant directors
Jacques Frankel
Assistant directors
Pierre Lary
Sound
Guy Villette
Costume design
Jacqueline Guyot
Makeup
Monique Archambault

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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.