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

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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