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 main character 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

Available In

Collector's Set

Three Films by Luis Buñuel

Three Films by Luis Buñuel

Blu-Ray Box Set

3 Discs


The Phantom of Liberty
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
Pierre Lary
The sniper
Michel Lonsdale
The hatter
François Maistre
The police academy instructor
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
Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel
Jean-Claude Carrière
Serge Silberman
Assistant directors
Jacques Frankel
Assistant directors
Pierre Lary
Edmond Richard
Production design
Pierre Guffroy
Guy Villette
Costume design
Jacqueline Guyot
Monique Archambault
Hélène Plemiannikov
Production manager
Ully Pickard

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Luis Buñuel

Writer, Director

Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel

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.