The Phantom of Liberty

The Phantom of Liberty (1974)

Genres - Comedy, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Satire, Surrealist Film, Black Comedy  |   Run Time - 104 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by John Voorhees

One of Luis Buñuel's most episodic films, The Phantom of Liberty focuses on no one particular narrative. In the beginning, a man sells postcards of French tourist attractions, calling them "pornographic." A sniper in Montparnasse is hailed as a hero for killing passersby. A "missing" child helps the police fill out the report on her. A group of monks play poker, using religious medallions as chips, and in the most infamous sequence, a formally dressed social group gathers at toilets around a table, occasionally excusing themselves to go into little stalls in a private room to eat.



anarchy, social-satire, dinner-party, freedom, surrealism, irony, assassination, missing-person, animal, military, soldier