Part of Spirit of '69.
William Klein moved into more blatantly political territory with this hilarious, vicious Vietnam-era lampoon of imperialist American foreign policy. Mr. Freedom (John Abbey), a bellowing good-ol'-boy superhero decked out in copious amounts of football padding, jets to France to cut off a Commie invasion from Switzerland. A destructi arrogant patriot in tight pants, Freedom joins forces with Marie Madeleine (a satirically sexy Delphine Seyrig) to combat lefty freethinkers, as well as the insidious evildoers Moujik Man and inflatable Red China Man, culminating in a star-spangled showdown of kitschy excess. Delightfully crass, Mr. Freedom is a trenchant, rib-tickling takedown of gaudy modern Americana. (Synopsis from the Criterion Collection)
35mm print courtesy of Walker Art Center’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection.
“MR. FREEDOM is a breathlessly indignant polemic, but it’s also frequently hilarious…. Its brand of satire feels so contemporary, but also because many of Klein’s bones to pick with America are still worth picking.” —A.A. Dowd, A.V. Club “An over-the-top fantasy-satire made in 1968, it’s conceivably the most anti-American movie ever made, though there’s no doubt that only an American (albeit an expatriate living in France) could have made it." —Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader “Unlike a lot of left-wing films, which celebrate the American establishment by pretending to attack it, MR. FREEDOM is sincere in its politics. It’s obvious that William Klein set out to make the most anti-American film that he could and he succeeded…. Visually, it’s a feast for the eyes.” —Lisa Marie Bowman, unobtainium13.com
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