A Nous la LibertÚ (Liberty for Us)
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└ Nous la LibertÚ is an early talkie from French filmmaker RenÚ 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. └ Nous la LibertÚ is perhaps best remembered for being the main inspiration for Charlie Chaplin's… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A period piece in the best sense."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"An engrossing satire on modern society's belief in the new industrialization age, showing the Machine was not mankind's salvation."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Influential French comedy about a world beyond work."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"All of the layers are brought together through Clair's clever use of sound and image."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Deserves to come out from under the long shadows cast by Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times, and bask in the adulation of a whole new generation of filmgoers."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"It's well worth a look today as simultaneously vindicating Clair's former high reputation and his subsequent expulsion from most critical pantheons."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Its themes are couched in so much wit and silliness that it doesn't take a communist to enjoy it."
‑ Jurgen Fauth, About.com
"a delightfully radical farce about freeing oneself from the controls of social and economic oppression"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A Nous, la LibertÚ is assuredly different from any other screen feature. It bristles with strange originality."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"...displays Clair's mastery of artful whimsy by mixing sound (especially song), sweet-faced storytelling, and visual skill."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"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."
‑ Martin Scribbs, Low IQ Canadian
"Wildly funny, endlessly creative, experimental and utterly charming, it is a too-often overlooked classic."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"If the notion of a 1931 semi-silent French movie doesn't scare you off, this minor masterpiece might be worth checking out. Political historians and film fanatics will be especially interested."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
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