The Phantom of Liberty
Bourgeois convention is demolished in Luis Buñuel’s surrealist gem. Featuring an elegant soiree with guests seated at toilet bowls, poker-playing monks using religious medals as chips, and police officers looking for a missing girl who is right under their noses, this perverse, playfully absurd comedy of non sequiturs deftly compiles many of the themes that preoccupied Buñuel throughout his career—from the hypocrisy of conventional morality to the arbitrariness of social arrangements.
- Stars:Adriana Asti, Julien Bertheau, Jean-Claude Brialy, Adolfo Celi, Paul Frankeur, Michael Lonsdale, Pierre Maguelon, François Maistre, Hélène Perdrière, Michel Piccoli, Claude Piéplu, Jean Rochefort, Bernard Verley, Milena Vukotic, Monica Vitti,
- Country:France, Italy
- Director:Luis Buñuel,
- Writer:Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière
One of Luis Bunuel's most free-form and purely Surrealist films, consisting of a series of only vaguely related episodes - most famously, the dinner party scene where people sit on ... . You can read more in Google, Youtube, Wiki
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(es) wrote: This movie is horrible. It's worse than Plan 9 from Outer Space. The synopsis reads something like:Dude finds out that there's more to life than life than booze, boobs, and partying. Or something of the sort. Now, the main character doesn't seen any boobs, he only has one shot of liquor, and he doesn't party AT ALL. It would be one thing if the synopsis were correct. This movie is horrible. The acting, the cinematography, the soundtrack. Nothing. Horrible. If I could give it zero stars, I would.However, two things survived as incredibly funny:Boogie-woogie one-skiand Ass-wiggling go-go dancers walk.
(de) wrote: a great & inspiring story.
(gb) wrote: Profanity was a little over used. But other than that, great movie. Lots of twists and turns, and a great ending.
(gb) wrote: It gets points for being a unique treatment of the "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" subject, but is not particularly engaging on the whole.
(fr) wrote: After reading the "Rotten Tomatoes" review by Mark Deming it is plan that Mr. Deming did not pay attention to the timeline of the movie. True, it is not the most action packed movie until the latter part; but is well done considering it is Dwight Yoakum's directional debut. It has a cast that play against any role for which the actors are known. It is also probably more historically accurate as for the true actions of the time set of the story. All in all, I would have to give it a 3 1/2 out of five, mainly for the entertainment factor.
(jp) wrote: a sad truthful film. Through a homosexual relationship and a heterosexual one, that involves a pretty boy in his twenties, involved with a caring, but frustrated man and woman. it is hard to believe that a movie this honest and open about homosexuality and the insecurities of both middle aged men and women, was a box office hit in 1971. all the actors are superb. the story unfolds slowly but never becomes boring, but only more suspenseful and exciting. the movie examines the desperation of holding onto someone and the frustration of unrequited love. more importantly, Schelinger made, for the first time, a movie about the fear of getting older. the main characters wondering if they will be alone, the loss of youth and the inability of letting go of the past. five stars, a breakthough in cinema, a masterpiece.
(ag) wrote: This movie has some great and likable characters especially by Rock Hudson. The movie is a huge drama. The central plot is about a widowed woman who falls in love with a man much younger than her. She's so worried about societies thoughts on her actions that she feels guilt.The movie is so predictable and even at an hour and a half run time...still seems too long. There are many instances where near the end the movie gets super cliched.Overall, I'd say this one is a rent. Just nothing too special here.
(ag) wrote: What's up with all the old movies? Don't they make anything good anymore these days? Maybe I should start reviewing TV. Anyway, this one, Cruel Intentions, is the epitome of the 90's. It has a cast featuring Ryan Philippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair and even Tara Reid. It has a soundtrack featuring Blur, Placebo, The Cardigans, Counting Crows and Skunk Anansie, just to name a few. Everything about it summarizes the decade before 9/11. The film tells the story (based on a book, of course -- they didn't use Marvel Comics for the main source of 'inspiration' until the 00's) of Sebastian and Katryn, two filthy rich and manipulative Manhattan stepsiblings who place bets of sexual conquest during a summer break.Philippe is excellent as the conflicted Sebastian. Whereas Gellar's Kathryn is to-the-point and convincing, she seems stuck in a one-dimensional character. Philippe's Sebastian is more complex and he works well with what he's given in the script. His performance is great. No wonder he went on to succesful movies like Crash, Breach and The Lincoln Lawyer while Gellar followed this one up with more Buffy, the terrible "The Grudge", and about four or five dozen episodes in several mildly succesful TV series in the fifteen years that followed.Witherspoon plays Annette, Sebastian's summer conquest. There's undeniable chemistry there, which resulted in two real-life babies and an eight year marriage, but that's beside the point. Witherspoon plays her role very well with subtle nuances here and there. Again, no surprise that she went on to bigger successes with Legally Blonde, Walk The line, Sweet Home Alabama and Mud.When I went online to check out some background information about this movie, it stunned me that so many 'professional' critics hated it. They seem to have the most issues with (again, what's up with that?) language use and the political incorrectness of stereotyping elderly homes, gays, mixing religious symbols with drug use and so on. I for one thought all the mean-spiritedness fit well in the environment it was placed in. Oh, and of course there's the bunch of people who just despise the teenage setting of this movie, crucifying the screenwriter for transporting this sexual predator tale to innocent territory.One thing I do agree with is the ridiculousness of actors in their twenties portraying teenagers. This seemed to be a thing for a decade or so and this movie fits right in that trend.All in all, the criticism I have mentioned in the paragraph above is a bit unfair if you ask me. It's mostly based upon the reviewers' world view and desire for political correctness. If you just judge 'Cruel Intentions' for what it is in itself, then you will see that it's a smart, polished, well produced film. And it's still entertaining 16 years later.
(au) wrote: Comes across too much like a fan film rather than a definitive work. The tone is shoddy more often than not, and the performances are amateurish and half-assed-worse, it seems it's that way by design. Plus, it's about a half-hour too long. That said, a couple times it's legitimately gorgeous to look at. But not enough to ignore the shortcomings.
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