Long live freedom

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German title Long live freedom
Original title À Nous la Liberté
Country of production France
original language French
Publishing year 1931
length 80 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director René Clair
script René Clair
production Frank Clifford
music Georges Auric
camera Georges Périnal
cut René Le Hénaff

Long live freedom (original title: À Nous la Liberté ) is a French satirical film from 1931. Directed by René Clair . At the Academy Awards in 1932 the film was nominated for “ Best Production Design ”. The film can be assigned to poetic realism .


Émile and Louis, two petty crooks, meet in a prison and become friends. Together they plan to escape from the prison. It seems to be going wrong, but thanks to Emil, at least Louis manages to escape. Not only can he successfully avoid being arrested again, he also makes a career as a factory owner. Years later, Émile and Louis meet again when Emile, who has meanwhile been laid off, happens to be working in one of Louis' factories. They take up the friendship again. Emil, with his carelessness and his romantic worldview, does not fit into this world full of work ethic, which brings Louis into increasingly precarious situations. Louis would like to pay Emil money at different times, which Emil refuses every time. Emil falls in love with an employee of the factory and therefore wants to stay there. Louis arranges a wedding for the two of them. When the factory owner is recognized by former inmates and then blackmailed, Louis has to make a decision. At the same time Emil gets into a mess again and flees from the police. Both make their decision in favor of freedom and henceforth walk the streets with Émile as a tramp. Louis leaves the factory to his workers.


Long live freedom premiered in France on December 18, 1931 . In Germany , however, the film was only released in cinemas on October 31, 1958. Because it was classified as subversive, the film was banned from showing in Portugal and Hungary. It was first broadcast on German television on August 15, 1962.


The film magazine Cinema writes: "René Clair's light-footed satire attacks social grievances and increasing mechanization". The lexicon of international films judges Long Live Freedom as one of the "important French films of the 1930s". The magazine Der Spiegel wrote in a review in 1959: "For this grotesque, Clair has invented an abundance of suggestive sceneries and precise image choreographies for dance."


“I am ridiculing the Taylorization of the running tape; but not because I am against the mechanization of work, but because a good principle is badly applied here, I ironize that. Without wanting to be a prophet of laziness, I would like to say with my film: work is a hideous thing; Have to work the worst! We have made a virtue of the compulsion to work, and I wanted to make a fool of that; because presenting the truth is my only purpose. "

- René Clair


The film architect Lazare Meerson was nominated for an Oscar in 1932 for the set design he designed for the film.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Poetic Realism at 35millimeter.de, accessed on January 13, 2012.
  2. rororo film dictionary. Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1978, Volume 1, P. 42 ISBN 3-499-16228-8
  3. Long live freedom on cinema.de, accessed on January 13, 2012.
  4. Long live freedom in the Lexicon of International FilmsTemplate: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used , accessed on January 13, 2012.
  5. Der Spiegel, 25/1959, online here ; Retrieved January 13, 2012.
  6. Pem : Long live René Clair's freedom! Twenty-four hours in Berlin . In: Neue Berliner Zeitung - Das 12 Uhr Blatt , No. 4, January 6, 1932.