À Nous la Liberté (1931)

Genres - Comedy, Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Satire, Workplace Comedy  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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À Nous la Liberté is an early talkie from French filmmaker René Clair. Louis (Raymond Cordy) and Emile (Henri Marchand) are a pair of convicts whose lives take decidely different paths after prison. Emile works his way up the ladder of capitalism, becoming a phonograph factory boss, a job that finds him overseeing a bleak outfit of automatous drones. Louis, on the other hand, lives the life of a poverty-stricken vagabond. Despite their contrasting lots, the pair meet up again later in life. À Nous la Liberté is perhaps best remembered for being the main inspiration for Charlie Chaplin's 1936 classic Modern Times.

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factory, escape, friendship, fugitive, industry, modernization, on-the-road, prison, psychic, rags-to-riches, technology

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High Artistic Quality, High Historical Importance, High Production Values