The Phantom of Liberty
Edition no. 290
Luis Buñuel’s vision of the inherent absurdity of human social rituals reaches its taboo-annihilating extreme in what may be his most morally subversive and formally audacious work. Zigzagging across time and space, from the Napoleonic era to the present day, The Phantom of Liberty unfolds as a picaresque, its main character traveling between tableaux in a series of Dadaist non sequiturs. Unbound by the laws of narrative logic, Buñuel lets his surrealist’s id run riot in an exuberant revolt against bourgeois rationality that seems telegraphed directly from his unconscious to the screen.
- Interview from 2000 with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere
- Documentary from 1985 about producer Serge Silberman, who worked with Buñuel on five of his final seven films
- Analysis of The Phantom of Liberty from 2017 by film scholar Peter William Evans