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.


A WOMAN IS A WOMAN
UNE FEMME EST UNE FEMME
1961, Rialto, 85 min, France, Dir: Jean-Luc Godard

Anna Karina, an afternoon stripper in the crummy Zodiac Club, yearns for motherhood, but live-in boyfriend Jean-Claude Brialy "isn’t ready yet," while hanger-on Jean-Paul Belmondo is more than happy to oblige. Godard’s first film in color and ’Scope, and his nearest approximation of a musical, with cinematic in-jokes and anarchic humor galore. In French with English subtitles.


INSPECTOR LAVARDIN
INSPECTEUR LAVARDIN
1986, Cohen Film, 100 min, France, Dir: Claude Chabrol

Jean Poiret reprises his role as French Inspector Lavardin, who is called to provincial village to investigate a murder – only to find that one of his ex-lovers is the victim’s widow. In French with English subtitles.


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