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A famous left-wing satirical comedy about two ex-convicts, one of whom works his way up from salesman to factory owner... (imdb)

Genres: Comedy, Musical

Country: France

Directed By: René Clair

Written By: René Clair

Starring: Paul Ollivier, Raymond Cordy, Henri Marchand, Rolla France, Jacques Shelly, André Michaud

AKA: À nous la liberté

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Freedom for Us belongs to 49 collections
1. 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (public: moderated by kozan26 - 177 stars)
2. Criterion Collection (public: moderated by caffe - 119 stars)
3. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2008 revision) (public: moderated by Scottathon - 34 stars)
4. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2010 revision) (public: moderated by MMAlpha - 29 stars)
5. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2014 revision) (public: moderated by Jehan - 26 stars)
6. New York Times' The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made (public: moderated by theficionado - 25 stars)
7. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2012 revision) (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 23 stars)
8. They Shoot Pictures' Recommended Viewing (public: moderated by Cinephile - 15 stars)
9. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2013 revision) (public: moderated by rant1229 - 15 stars)
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11. They Shoot Pictures 1,000 Greatest Films (2011 revision) (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 13 stars)
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Date User Score
Dec 08 CMWL
1T6
Dec 06 Erenov Erenov
85T7
Nov 29 Cocoa
50T3
Sep 08 Arberwaticus
95T8
Jun 12 AHP
80T7
Apr 08 Lilarcor Lilarcor
88T10
Mar 14 JJ1986 JJ1986
70T8
The silent-film-esque comedy bits are great. Ends with very modern commentary on how automation can free people.
Mar 11 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
71T9
Mar 08 letterboxdvo letterboxdvo
36T7
Feb 14 Gorchakov Gorchakov
40T4
Feb 08 Buff
30T2
Feb 08 lineuphere lineuphere
83T8
Jan 14 cshadows2887
90T6
Jan 14 mjbreuer
82T9
Dec 22, 2016 Mr_Saturn Mr. Saturn
84T8
Nov 21, 2016 Ronin22
69T9
Nov 02, 2016 jerrywarton
72T8
Aug 30, 2016 bybrt bybrt
90T10
Aug 29, 2016 GrimsChild GrimsChild
45T5
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
70T7
Jun 04, 2016 bones_r
70T6
May 14, 2016 Henrik Henrik
80T8
Clair sticks a knife in the back of both capitalism and marxism and says that freedom cannot be defined by any social construction like work or wealth, but by the individual alone. A radical, anarchic 'fuck you' to social control what ever form it comes in.
Apr 06, 2016 Mulholland Mulholland
70T7
Mar 10, 2016 Carlospro Carlospro
80T8
Feb 22, 2016 scottmcc scott.mcc
80T9
Feb 21, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
16T9
Star Rating: ★★★★1/2
Jan 28, 2016 chineyman chineyman
80T9
Dec 16, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
40T9
Dec 14, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73T6
Dec 10, 2015 ehk2 ehk2
75T10
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
80T9
Nov 14, 2015 CosmicMonkey CosmicMonkey
78T6
It's political message wasn't nearly as revelatory as I was expecting, but I guess I need to remind myself that it was 1931; this was almost certainly the most overtly political film French audiences had ever seen at the time. Like his previous films, Clair continues to successfully experiment with sound in, even by today's standards, clever and unique ways. Overall, a charming comedy.
Nov 11, 2015 maksler maksler
70T5
Oct 23, 2015 auhasarderik auhasarderik
7T6
Not entirely a musical, even the songs are not entirely fleshed out, but has lots of music, and a scene that will remind you a classic one from MODERN TIMES, only this one is better. It doesn't all cohere, and the socialist talking points are tiresome and silly, but it's funny and good.
Sep 10, 2015 xacviant
85T8
An escaped convict (Raymond Cordy) becomes a phonograph tycoon, building a factory as oppressive as the prison he fled, but a reunion with his old cellmate (Henri Marchand) reawakens his humanity. Though a bit ragged in terms of story and pacing, it's otherwise incredibly polished for 1931, with some beautifully orchestrated set pieces, Georges Auric's wonderful score, and Lazare Meerson's amazing Oscar-nominated sets. Its simple, joyous nature is the cherry on top. À nous, à nous la liberté!
Jul 31, 2015 GRouleau
77T8
Jul 27, 2015 Winston4th
83T8
Jul 15, 2015 thirdeye42
76T8
Jun 08, 2015 Zepfanman Zepfanman
83T4
Jun 04, 2015 imagemo
80T4
Jun 01, 2015 masoo masoo
70T5
An early sound film with some humorous, if obvious, comments on modern society. Clair is clever, and his approach to sound is inventive for its time. Also, his attitude towards capital (favoring the workers) clearly influenced Chaplin for Modern Times. The film’s ending is both optimistic and ironic. Yet, despite the ingenious set design and staging, I appreciated it without laughing very often.
May 18, 2015 zetes
90T9
May 10, 2015 boothmillard
60T5
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
80T6
Apr 23, 2015 cardsos01
55T6
Apr 16, 2015 loosecanons loosecanons
7T7
Apr 04, 2015 gargantua gargantua
83T9
Mar 19, 2015 10kfilms
90T9
Jan 22, 2015 whitelighter whitelighter
62T4
Jan 15, 2015 metaller
80T8
Dec 03, 2014 Lonewolf2003
52T2
Nov 19, 2014 JakeAesthete JakeAesthete
41T5
I was sort of falling asleep while watching this, so i sort of lost track of the plot along the way, but from what i could follow this was proudly leftist, felt vaguely proto-Kaurismaki-ish, and was maybe the original proto-Apatow bromance comedy all at the same time? I approve, but i guess i was also expecting more of an actual musical?
Nov 02, 2014 gokseltuzun gokseltuzun
82T6
pretty good.
Sep 28, 2014 graveyardtan graveyardtan
96T10
Sep 21, 2014 Tatanka
70T6
Sep 21, 2014 Kvist
77T9
Sep 07, 2014 Zipster
95T10
Aug 03, 2014 jackinthebox jackinthebox
70T6
Jun 29, 2014 Fuentissimo Fuentissimo
51T7
Jun 22, 2014 Parallax Parallax
80T6
Jun 01, 2014 Melvelet
70T4
Mar 05, 2014 kakivsjok kakivsjok
80T7
Feb 09, 2014 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100T6
Jan 11, 2014 Raf Raf
70T9
Dec 15, 2013 Blindfolk
71T7
Dec 11, 2013 HansLucas Hans_Lucas
87T9
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
90T10
Nov 27, 2013 HVM
60T4
Nov 14, 2013 Adam_P_D Adam P-D
70T9
Oct 24, 2013 sarimsak sarimsak
75T6
Oct 12, 2013 gwynplaine gwynplaine
90T9
Oct 03, 2013 Dogubomb Dogubomb
30T2
Sep 21, 2013 kafka1325 kafka1325
65T7
Sep 16, 2013 Limdebois Limdebois
80T9
Aug 16, 2013 monoglot
100T10
Aug 10, 2013 Sheldrake Sheldrake
50T4
Aug 06, 2013 Barkinson
90T10
Jun 27, 2013 mallamp
70T6
Jun 23, 2013 hagi hagi
90T9
Jun 13, 2013 jal90 jal90
90T9
May 30, 2013 fthd fth.d
70T7
Apr 08, 2013 oskarhu oskarhu
82T9
Mar 29, 2013 andymalafaia andymalafaia
80T10
Mar 27, 2013 Sinemaestro Amadeus
76T9
Mar 25, 2013 Ibetolis1 Ibetolis1
84T2
Mar 23, 2013 Rey
75T5
Mar 12, 2013 Doble_G Doble-G
85T8
Mar 02, 2013 edaz
97T10
Feb 26, 2013 RandallODim
82T7
Feb 18, 2013 ColonelTigh
93T7
Jan 31, 2013 finney28
80T9
Jan 17, 2013 kafkalamak kafkalamak
100T10
Jan 12, 2013 Tds4a Tds4a
87T9
Jan 08, 2013 jrpaulson
70T5
Jan 08, 2013 tinythedogg tinythedogg
70T7
Dec 15, 2012 PUNQ
60T9
A light comedy about money, prison and work life from the great director René Clair. It was entertaining in it's way, but I wouldn't say that at any point was this a masterpiece. I guess a lot of the excitement about this film steams from the possibility that it was a source of inspiration for Chaplin's Modern Times rather then on it's own merits.
Dec 14, 2012 frbrown frbrown
70T4
Nov 17, 2012 PatsLondon Pats_London
90T10
Nov 01, 2012 plantedtrees
80T6
Oct 28, 2012 nt_
96T9
Oct 24, 2012 Ronin21
83T9
Oct 18, 2012 parmesan parmesan
82T8
Oct 08, 2012 toro913
68T7
Aug 27, 2012 Rozmarin Rozmarin
90T9
Aug 15, 2012 Alistair
95T10
Aug 10, 2012 QVT QVT
15T3
Please, please stop singing that song.
Jul 24, 2012 Timmer
87T10
Jul 19, 2012 daffodil907 daffodil907
76T8
Jul 13, 2012 mightysparks mightysparks
50T5
Jun 24, 2012 MrCinema Mr.Cinema
61T5
Jun 08, 2012 Mochard Mochard
50T2
May 31, 2012 debaser1985
65T4
May 09, 2012 dbentien
60T5
Mar 20, 2012 guvolefou guvolefou
80T8
Mar 19, 2012 fakesenator fakesenator
83T8
Mar 02, 2012 rant1229 rant1229
72T10
Feb 04, 2012 pzingg
88T6
Jan 31, 2012 oguzhaners oguzhaners
80T8
Jan 30, 2012 bentien
58T5
Jan 02, 2012 Cheesyhoboe
67T3
Nov 30, 2011 theyshoot11
74T5
#516
Oct 16, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
70T9
Oct 03, 2011 sceptre_777
70T7
Sep 28, 2011 elmakebabi elmakebabi
71T7
Aug 15, 2011 borislugosi borislugosi
70T5
Jul 16, 2011 Warren Warren
87T9
May 29, 2011 gleeb
69T4
Rene Clair attempts to blow our minds, man, by pointing out that factory work is like prison. Maybe this was original in 1931; but it seems obvious and silly now. What I'd like to know is how Emile got to be the director of the company; what happens with his chippy and Mr Slicked-Hair; and was Louis supposed to be a guy who was kicked by a horse at some time.
May 13, 2011 authorial
65T2
Apr 22, 2011 gdog13cavs
55T8
Apr 08, 2011 FlixR8rRedux
80T8
Oct 19, 2010 screentime
83T10
Sep 23, 2010 alexlma alexlma
8T8
Aug 31, 2010 frg frg
8T8
Aug 11, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
77T8
Jul 16, 2010 postmodifier postmodifier
60T4
Jul 15, 2010 micmac micmac•
73T8
Jun 27, 2010 billkerwin billkerwin
92T9
A sweet, merry musical that is also a savage indictment of industrialism, in which convicts escape into another kind of prison: the modern factory. Made possible by Clair's intelligence, wit and--above all--his light touch. If you like "Modern Times," you'll like this film which is one of Chaplin's major influences.
May 15, 2010 Suldrup Suldrup
75T8
May 14, 2010 Tjekhov Tjekhov
60T6
May 14, 2010 KristianGSA
70T6
May 13, 2010 AndreasThau AndreasThau
75T7
Apr 09, 2010 BaalMan
85T8
Mar 28, 2010 FlixR8r FlixR8r
72T8
Mar 21, 2010 cinemahell cinema_hell
75T5
Mar 06, 2010 jeffv jeff_v
72T8
Charming and deceptively breezy for a film that equates capitalism with prison. Rene Clair demonstrates a light touch that makes the toughest medicine go down smoothly. Surely this film was an inspiration for Chaplin's Modern Times.
Mar 04, 2010 panchovilla
30T2
Jan 18, 2010 onetwothree
60T7
Jan 14, 2010 theyshoot10
75T6
498
Jan 10, 2010 jsim596
3T6
Dec 30, 2009 katje_ii katje_
70T4
Cute, decent, but every single left-wing cliche is in here, it makes me kind of sick.
Dec 02, 2009 cinebaixar
97T10
Dec 02, 2009 Malcym
7T8
Nov 27, 2009 vanderdoido vanderdoido
65T3
Nov 25, 2009 gork gork
48T4
Nov 07, 2009 SirRobbie SirRobbie
90T10
Oct 28, 2009 dirtyzen dirtyzen
70T8
Oct 09, 2009 ehrenkm
90T9
Aug 27, 2009 AliV Ali_V.
86T9
Jul 31, 2009 flowing flowing
60T5
Jul 01, 2009 sidehacker sidehacker
84T9
May 27, 2009 comanchex
81T8
May 21, 2009 Veterini Veterini
82T8
May 03, 2009 carolgesser carolgesser
98T10
Apr 22, 2009 empiremag empiremag
5T10
"René Clair's scathing parable has lost none of its wit, novelty or social insight."
Apr 14, 2009 imdb imdb
78T10
Mar 15, 2009 LPhovercraft
29T2
Mar 13, 2009 eggbeater
100T10
Mar 09, 2009 Icarus Icarus
50T2
While I appreciated the clear indebtedness to silent comedy a great deal, as well as the intuitive editing between like objects, the ideas of the film strike as incongruent with reality. A couple of ex-cons escape from prison and go on about the importance of freedom, but freedom without justice simply doesn't ring true to me. I also appreciated the connection between factory and prison, but the film seems to celebrate modern idleness by its end.
Mar 07, 2009 HBOsucks
20T2
Feb 16, 2009 rudolf55
93T9
Feb 14, 2009 JooJoo JooJoo
4T6
Dec 19, 2008 theyshoot08
75T6
506
Nov 21, 2008 roujin roujin
60T6
Aug 24, 2008 filmaffinity filmaffinity
75T10
Aug 06, 2008 goran
61T5
Jul 12, 2008 Antoine
70T5
Jul 02, 2008 purity
2T6
May 12, 2008 Dally Dally
85T8
May 04, 2008 ricardo_reis ricardo reis
90T9
Apr 28, 2008 nminichino nminichino
70T7
Apr 26, 2008 Mango
7T10
Apr 22, 2008 dissidentdov
70T4
Apr 15, 2008 dabinich burakh
70T6
Apr 06, 2008 Sunsplitter
53T7
Mar 28, 2008 RNG
0T1
Mar 10, 2008 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
75T5
Enjoyable, meaningful and artistic, but the ever shifting tone of the film kept me from fully embracing it.
Mar 07, 2008 volver
70T7
Mar 01, 2008 theyshoot07
76T7
# 474
Feb 09, 2008 filmzz
90T4
Feb 04, 2008 Stain Stain
0T1
A great example of how stodgy and dull French movies were before the New Wave turned everything upside down
Dec 23, 2007 tonydal tonydal
55T2
Pretty much an irritation from start to finish. And those songs were annoying as hell.
Dec 20, 2007 glbl_1f
70T6
Dec 01, 2007 welike
30T7
Nov 25, 2007 Cerebrus Cerebrus
50T3
Nov 05, 2007 driscarpin driscarpin
100T10
Oct 15, 2007 nina
80T6
Oct 03, 2007 lchaussard
75T3
Aug 13, 2007 concrete_d
91T9
Aug 13, 2007 laika laika
90T10
Aug 13, 2007 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
80T10
Aug 13, 2007 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
86T9
Charming and inventive, and quite funny though not laugh-out-loud hilarious. The comparison between prison life and the industrial workplace is very amusing. As an early talkie, a lot of the time it plays very much like a silent film, though it does lots of clever things with sound, and contains several key songs. This is the movie that Chaplin ripped off when he made Modern Times (but to be fair, Clair himself is obviously influenced by the tramp).
Jun 23, 2007 Beageal Beageal
75T5
Apr 17, 2007 Theyshootpic
50T7
Dec 26, 2006 Madstone
96T9
Dec 12, 2006 psiXaos psiXaos
65T4
It has some innovations for its time. Clair dares to question socialism, capitalism, and fascism at the same time while stating that 'freedom' is what matters. Overall it lacks a coherent and sensitive execution despite all of its momentary achievements.
Average Tier 6.93 from 205 Rankings rss