A Nous la Liberté (Liberty for Us)
A Nous la Liberté (Liberty for Us) (1931)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 20, 2002
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A period piece in the best sense.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An engrossing satire on modern society's belief in the new industrialization age, showing the Machine was not mankind's salvation.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Influential French comedy about a world beyond work.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's well worth a look today as simultaneously vindicating Clair's former high reputation and his subsequent expulsion from most critical pantheons.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Compared to his contemporaries Jean Renoir and Jean Vigo, Clair was a minor talent, though both of these films do contain innovative uses of sound mixed with silent film.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

One of French director Rene Clair's great films, this 1931 poignant exploration of the working conditions of industrial laborers was nominated for the Interior Decoration Oscar.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

A Nous, la Liberté is assuredly different from any other screen feature. It bristles with strange originality.

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Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com

...displays Clair's mastery of artful whimsy by mixing sound (especially song), sweet-faced storytelling, and visual skill.

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Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian

The French have no equal when it comes to perfectly aligned bottom-kicking, showing revulsion at the ill-breeding of others, or performing semi-socialist slapstick.


Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
A great movie with a great message.
Elvira B
A very fun little gem. It's very clasically cute, with all its slapstick and its musicalization. The story is a critical comparison of a prison and a… More