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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.
A period piece in the best sense.
...displays Clair's mastery of artful whimsy by mixing sound (especially song), sweet-faced storytelling, and visual skill.
It's well worth a look today as simultaneously vindicating Clair's former high reputation and his subsequent expulsion from most critical pantheons.
Influential French comedy about a world beyond work.
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.
| Original Score: A
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.
All of the layers are brought together through Clair's clever use of sound and image.
Its themes are couched in so much wit and silliness that it doesn't take a communist to enjoy it.
| Original Score: 3/5
A Nous, la LibertÚ is assuredly different from any other screen feature. It bristles with strange originality.
| Original Score: 5/5
Wildly funny, endlessly creative, experimental and utterly charming, it is a too-often overlooked classic.
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.
| Original Score: 81/100
a delightfully radical farce about freeing oneself from the controls of social and economic oppression
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This classic satire on the dehumanization of industrial workers is one of Rene Clair's greatest achievements.