THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY
LE FANTÔME DE LA LIBERTÉ
1974, Rialto Pictures, 104 min, France/Italy, Dir: Luis Buñuel

Surreal even by Buñuel standards, this loosely connected series of Monty Pythonesque sketches thumbs its nose at the conventions of storytelling as well as those of bourgeois society. Buñuel and co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière dream up dirty pictures of French architecture, poker-playing monks, celebrity snipers, fox-hunting tanks and more, setting the table for a banquet of free-wheeling satire. In French with English subtitles.


YANKEE
1966, 92 min, Italy, Dir: Tinto Brass

A stranger (Philippe Leroy) rides into a lawless New Mexico town run by "Grand Cougar" Adolfo Celi and it doesn't take long for the two men to butt heads in a series of double-crosses. This typically violent, archetypal Western from Italian stylist Tinto Brass draws inspiration from Sergio Leone's "Man With No Name" as well as Brass' interest in comic books. In Italian with English subtitles. Not available on Region 1 DVD.


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