The Phantom of Liberty
AroView: The great French surrealist Luis Bunuel’s penultimate film uses a Chinese-box structure to weave together a dream-like tableau of set pieces. Wavers from the tired to the hilarious, but never predictable, touching on themes of execution, pedophilia, incest, and sex. The title is a reference to the Communist Manifesto.
“A tour de force, a triumph by a director confronting almost impossible complications and contradictions and mastering them. It’s very funny, all right, but remember: With Buuel, you only laugh when it hurts.” ~ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.