THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY
Director: Luis Buñuel Run Time: 104 min. Release Year: 1974 Language: French
Starring: Adriana Asti, Jean Rochefort, Jean-Claude Brialy, Milena Vukotić, Monica Vitti
Luis Buñuel’s vision of the inherent absurdity of human social rituals reaches its taboo-annihilating extreme in what may be his most morally subversive and formally audacious work. Zigzagging across time and space, from the Napoleonic era to the present day, The Phantom of Liberty unfolds as a picaresque, its characters traveling between tableaux in a series of Dadaist non sequiturs. Unbound by the laws of narrative logic, Buñuel lets his surrealist’s id run riot in an exuberant revolt against bourgeois rationality that seems telegraphed directly from his unconscious to the screen.