Bourgeois convention is demolished in Luis Buñuel’s surrealist gem The Phantom of Liberty. Featuring an elegant soirée with guests seated on toilet bowls, poker-playing monks using religious medals as chips, and police officers looking for a missing girl who is right under their noses…
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By turning reality into a series of surreal circumstances, we are forced to question the reality that we take for granted everyday. We are so planted in what we think we know to be true, that by challenging those beliefs, we are forced to be more open. Buñuel twists reality, choosing not to reaffirm our beliefs, but to challenge them instead. In Phantom he does so with a quiet wit, & with a subtle & satisfying depth.
Rationally leaves the room when an emu enters it, as this film shows. A continuous flow of unfinished narratives, and some of Bunuel's most overtly surreal and comedic ideas, this manages to be a more digestible and yet is less conventional than his other work, and containing some exceptionally dark humour despite the silly tone to some of the segments. By the end the serious ideas behind the hilarity rings true.
Uma experiência surreal, regida pelo
Narrativas não finalizadas,
que vão emendando em outros eventos, e assim,
fazendo o espectador de palhaço, mas creio
que num ótimo sentido, com humor negro,
em cenas antológicas.
Críticas à sociedade somam-se ao
Como não amar essa obra?
I'm not sure surrealism in the service of comedy is surreal anymore. It's just comedy. Like the movie 'Airplane'. I prefer that the surrealism is taken seriously. This is a bunch of gags which is pleasant enough, but it doesn't fill your soul like 'Discreet Charm'. But you're not going to see a whole lot of comedies on my best of list, so take it with a grain of salt.