Le Fantôme de la Liberté (The Phantom of Liberty) (The Specter of Freedom)
Le Fantôme de la Liberté (The Phantom of Liberty) (The Specter of Freedom) (1974)

The Phantom of Liberty is the Luis Buñuel film in which eating is presented as a private function, while going to the toilet is a social event. It is also the film wherein a peddler of "filthy French postcards" deals only in… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 11, 1974
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A tour de force, a triumph by a director confronting almost impossible complications and contradictions and mastering them. It's very funny, all right, but remember: With Buñuel, you only laugh when it hurts.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The challenging lack of a narrative center doesn't prevent this film from having a great deal to say about the modern world and its ambivalent grasp of freedom.

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Jake Euker

as illusory as a dream about a mailman and as real as the letter you find in your hand

Vincent Canby
New York Times

The physical production is stunning to look at. The cast is large, first-rate, but the presence that dazzles us is that of the Old Master, just off screen, mercilessly testing our senses of sanity and humor.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Bunuel's most uninhibited venture though audacious and satisfying my Bunuel pangs, lacks a bite or enough charm to appeal to the masses.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The Phantom of Liberty moves with great confidence and comfort. Odd that such a wicked film should feel comfortable, but there you have it. That's Bunuel.

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Jessica Winter
Village Voice

Albeit scattershot, Phantom does cohere as a satire of keeping up appearances in which everything is as it appears.

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Michael Scheinfeld
TV Guide

An uproarious summary of Luis Bunuel's surrealistic concerns in a collection of anecdotes starring Jean-Claude Brialy, Michel Piccoli, and Monica Vitti.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's wild, angry and often very funny.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Robert C
There is a LOT going on in this film! Bunuel takes "modern" society to task in an a very ammusing, slightly dark but always insightful manner. I… More
Eric Broome
"The Phantom of Liberty" (the penultimate work of director Luis Bunuel's amazing career) is a tricky film to get a handle on, because it's… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Buñuel's dark sense of humour can make us not only witnesses but supporters of this derision to all institutions that rule society. A concatenation of… More
Ryan Marshall
**** out of **** Luis Buñuel is easily the master surrealist of timeless cinema. He has made a few great films, a few good ones, and quite a lot that are… More
Elvira B
Buñuel's 1974 surrealist comedy is really a sequence of skits that mostly begin but never reach an ending, overlapping each other, completely without… More
Robert Brogan
The Phantom of Liberty is straightforwardly surreal and absurd. The film has a knack for maintaining interest by making one alternatively wonder at what strange… More