The Phantom of Liberty (1974)

Posted by – November 27, 2008

Flick suggested this to me after seeing Infest Wisely as having a disjointed (though disjointed in a different way) story structure. This scene made me think of the minorly alternate universes idea.

I found the movie engaging on a “how will he shock us next” kind of way, but it feels more like a comedy sketch or music video, lacking any emotive power.

2 Comments on The Phantom of Liberty (1974)

  1. Craig says:

    at first it struck me as “weird for weird’s sake”, but had a slight snicker at the “dining room” bit. sure, it’s a statement on consumption and disposal, but is it an interesting statement?

  2. jim says:

    In the context of the movie, it’s brought up as an example of how social conventions are contrived and arbitrary. What moves it above the general sketch comedy for me is the painstaking detail and execution of the little moments of gentility: how he removes himself politely, with that extra little “see you in a moment” nod to the party, and also his abrupt “occupied” followed by the slight fluster of the woman who’s knocking.

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