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A Nous la LibertÚ (Liberty for Us) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: A-

September 22, 2013
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid

January 10, 2008
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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A period piece in the best sense.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 8, 2008
Mark Bourne

...displays Clair's mastery of artful whimsy by mixing sound (especially song), sweet-faced storytelling, and visual skill.

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April 6, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out

January 26, 2006
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Influential French comedy about a world beyond work.

Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television

August 13, 2005
Emanuel Levy

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.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A

June 18, 2005
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian

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.

August 7, 2004
Michael Dequina

All of the layers are brought together through Clair's clever use of sound and image.

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January 12, 2004
Jurgen Fauth

Its themes are couched in so much wit and silliness that it doesn't take a communist to enjoy it.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

October 15, 2003
Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
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A Nous, la LibertÚ is assuredly different from any other screen feature. It bristles with strange originality.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

June 12, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Wildly funny, endlessly creative, experimental and utterly charming, it is a too-often overlooked classic.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

November 25, 2002
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

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.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 81/100

November 21, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a delightfully radical farce about freeing oneself from the controls of social and economic oppression

| Original Score: 3.5/4

September 18, 2002
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal

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.

| Original Score: A

September 17, 2002
Christopher Null

Pioneering... extravagant.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 11, 2002

TV Guide's Movie Guide

This classic satire on the dehumanization of industrial workers is one of Rene Clair's greatest achievements.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 5/5

January 1, 2000

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John Flaus
Senses of Cinema
July 24, 2001
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