The Phantom of Liberty
Location la: Redstone Theater
Dir. Luis Buñuel. 1974, 104 mins. 35mm. With Adriana Asti, Jean-Claude Brialy, Michel Piccoli. One of Buñuel’s more purely surreal films moves in constant interruption from highlight to highlight, most famously a scatological dinner party scene that features the characters sitting on toilets at the dinner table. As Roger Ebert described the freewheeling narrative: “Buñuel sweeps us into each new vignette so quickly there’s no time to hang around while the last one is tidied up. We meet characters, they confront a crisis involving insanity, illegality, doom, fetishism, institutional stupidity or all of the above, and then, just as the cause of the crisis is revealed as a paradox, the characters cross paths with a new set of characters and we’re off on their heels.”
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