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A Nous La Liberte - Criterion Collection
A Nous La Liberte - Criterion Collection
Actors: Raymond Cordy, Henri Marchand, Rolla France, Jean Börlin, Inge Frďss
Director: René Clair
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
UR     2002     1hr 23min

One of the all-time great comedy classics, René Clair's Ŕ Nous la Liberté is a skillful satire of the industrial revolution and the blind quest for wealth. Deftly integrating his signature musical-comedy technique with poi...  more »


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Actors: Raymond Cordy, Henri Marchand, Rolla France, Jean Börlin, Inge Frďss
Director: René Clair
Creators: Francis Picabia, Georges Périnal, René Clair, Alexandre Kamenka, Frank Clifford, Roger Le Bon, Rolf de Maré
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Musicals
Studio: Home Vision Entertainment
Format: DVD - Black and White - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/20/2002
Original Release Date: 12/31/1931
Theatrical Release Date: 12/31/1931
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 23min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
Edition: Criterion Collection
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

(5 out of 5 stars)

"... The film is fully intact as Clair intended, and the deleted scenes are available for us to see. The circumstances of these cuts by Clair are fully explained on the DVD's deleted scene menu pages (Clair cut the scenes between the original release and the 1950 reissue), so it is totally inaccurate to say that the film has been "mutilated" since it was the director who made the cuts. The reviewer from Lincoln needs to pay a little more attention to history and stop writing such misleading gibberish."
An Unquestionable Classic
tashcrash | South Shore, MA | 09/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Perhaps the most elegantly rendered feature film of the very early days of sound production (barring, perhaps, Chaplin's CITY LIGHTS), Clair's classic is such a seemingly effortless blend of romantic melancholy, bitter social criticism and gentle surrealism, that its many aesthetic qualities tend to overshadow the film's astounding technological innovations in the poetics of sound.
The fact that Criterion has thrown Clair's short film ENTR'ACTE onto the disc is reason enough to buy the dvd. The transfers of both the feature and the short are of superlative quality. It's an invaluable release."
A Nous La Liberte
tashcrash | 07/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A brilliant, elegant and sparkling French comedy. It resembles Chaplin's Modern Times, but is in many ways even funnier in depicting the similarity between factory and prison."
Great musical comedy
Ted | Pennsylvania, USA | 10/12/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This review is for the Critetion DVD editon of the film

À nous la liberté , also known as "Liberty for Us" is another very nice film by Rene clair. The film is a satire of life working in a factory.

It is about an assembly line worker who falls in love with a secratary who works at the factory. Theare is some slapstick humor in the film and has several scenes where the characters sing. The film is considered a musical as well because of this.

The DVD has some great special features.

There is an sudio presentation of the plagarism lawsuit against Charlie Chaplin over his film "Modern Times". There is also a 1998 video interview with Bronja Clair and two deleted scenes.

Finally, Rene Clair's 1924 surrealist film Entr'acte is also on the DVD. It is a short film about a funeral where pepole chase a runaway wagon carrying the casket. Some scenes are played in a very cool slow motion which is better seen than read about.

I highly recommend this film!"