As Buñuel of all people must know, Surrealism is at its most effective when it's at its most irrational. So one of the big surprises of Phantom is how much of its symbolism was not just obvious, but shockingly literal. But see it: the structure is brilliant, and a comic lightness allows the film to make any number of big statements without sinking into pretension. History's artiest, most consistent SNL episode.
Elogio del paradosso assoluto,rovesciamento completo delle convenzioni,usi e consuetudini di una classe borghese che non è altro che una combriccola di pupazzetti senza speranza.La struttura semiepisodica del film lo rende leggermente discontinuo,alternando momenti più efficaci e altri più ermetici. Tuttavia sequenze come la bambina scomparsa,la seduta collettiva al water o la sentenza di morte sono antologici.4*
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.
The segments are rife with criticisms to society, and yet manage to be hilarious. The key-word absurd tells you that you will see some incongruous moments, but it does not prepare you for the funny and irreverent approach Buñuel employs. Some segments move a little too slow, especially at the end, but the effect remains whole.
In my opinion Buñuel's finest irony. I went over each 'sketch' again and again. The great thing was how obvious the 'bourgeois' (exclusively?) 'hypocrisies' seemed after Buñuel ridiculed each of them, so that it was almost impossible to disagree with his view. A film that completely removes you from your 'comfort zone' and simultaneously entertains you, gives you a jolt, then makes you laugh again.