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Bechet, Sidney - Chronological 1941-1944
Releasedatum: 2 februari 1996
Made in 1931, Rene Clair's 'A Nous A La Liberté' was one of the first French talkies. Predating Chaplin's 'Modern Times' by 5 years, (and the subject of a bitter court case stopped when Clair stated that imitation is the finest form of flattery) Clair's movie is a satirical attack on the machine age, a wicked comedy about the dehumanisation of industrial workers. Two prison inmates, Louis (Raymond Cordy) and Emile (Henri Marchand) try to escape. Louis is caught and returns to his cell, Emile escapes and becomes a successful businessman. On release, Louis goes to work for Emile, but finds the work no better than the prison regime. When Emile is recogised as an ex-convict, both men take to the road a vagrants in the early classic of the French cinema.

DVD Extras:
Trailer. Photo gallery. Rene Clair biography. Short film Entr'acte (1924). Interview with Mme. B. Clair. Colour booklet. Scene selection. Region 0.

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