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A Nous la Liberte [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1931]

Release Date:08/20/2002
Rene Clair's comedy A Nous La Liberte comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include the Clair short Entr'acte, interviews, and deleted scenes. Criterion has done a fabulous job with this title, as has come to be expected from them. Anyone with an interest in film history should see this DVD.

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    Special Features

    • New digital transfer
    • Deleted scenes
    • "Entr'acte" (1924), the classic Surrealist short by Clair and artist Francis Picabia
    • 1998 video interview with Madame Bronja Clair
    • Film historian David Robinson on the plagiarism lawsuit against Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times"
    • New and improved English subtitle translation
    • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition


    À Nous la Liberté
    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

    Cast & Crew

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      Henri Marchand - Emile
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      Raymond Cordy - Louis
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      Rolla France - Jeanne
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      Paul Olivier - Paul Imaque
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      Jacques Shelly - Paul

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