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(France/1931—directed by René Clair)
One of the most startlingly inventive and daringly surreal comedy classics ever made, René Clair’s À nous la liberté tells the story of Louis (Raymond Cordy), an escaped convict who, through a series of indescribable events, becomes a wealthy and powerful industrialist. Unfortunately, his past returns (in the form of old jail pal Emile, played brilliantly by Henri Marchand) to upset his carefully laid plans. Featuring lighthearted wit, tremendous visual innovation, brisk, no-nonsense pacing and an early, masterful manipulation of sound, À nous la liberté – considered by many to be an inspiration for Chaplin’s 1936 Modern Times – is both a potent indictment of mechanized modern society and an ingeniously conceived and remarkably rich comic fable. In French with English subtitles. (81 min.)
Special funding provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
All screenings of the summer DFT 101 series will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the DIA’s Lecture Hall, located on the museum’s ground floor – use Woodward or Farnsworth for entry. Film admission to this series is included with the price of general DIA admission, and is free to DIA members as well.
The Café DIA, located just steps from the Lecture Hall, offers full food and beverage service and is open from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.