A Nous la Liberté (Liberty for Us) (1931) - Rotten Tomatoes

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

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

A Nous la Liberté (Liberty for Us)




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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 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. À Nous la Liberté is perhaps best remembered for being the main inspiration for Charlie Chaplin's 1936 classic Modern Times. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Classics, Comedy, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: René Clair
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 20, 2002
Harold Auten


Paul Olivier
as Paul Imaque
Léon Lorin
as Deaf Old Man
William Burke
as Old Convict
Vincent Hyspa
as Old orator
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Critic Reviews for A Nous la Liberté (Liberty for Us)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

A period piece in the best sense.

Full Review… | January 8, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 12, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 22, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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.

Full Review… | January 10, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for A Nous la Liberté (Liberty for Us)


A great movie with a great message.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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 factory! Chaplin drew inspiration from it for Modern Times. It isn't a must see but it's one of those movies that can be appreciated for their simplicity, their wit and their charm.

Elvira B

Super Reviewer


Very funny, very sweet. A very early sound film for France; part of the fun is to see the parts that Chaplin, Lucille Ball and others 'borrowed.'

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