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



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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, Rovi


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

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

A period piece in the best sense.

Jan 8, 2008 | Full Review…

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

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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A Nous, la Liberté is assuredly different from any other screen feature. It bristles with strange originality.

Jun 12, 2003 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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

Sep 22, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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.

Jan 10, 2008 | Full Review…

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

Apr 6, 2006 | Full Review…

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


A great movie with a great message.

Aj V
Aj V

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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
Elvira B

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