Mister Freedom

Film, Fantasy

Time Out says

The colossal Mr Freedom (Abbey) wears baseball gear, feverishly decorated - like so much else in this heavy-handed romp - with stars, stripes, red, white and blue. His mission is to rid France of America's ideological enemies, represented by Red-China-Man (a smoke-breathing yellow-tailed monster) and Moujik-Man (Noiret in a rather fetching inflated red costume). But Freedom overplays his hand, and blows up the whole country along with himself. Klein shows a parallel lack of restraint, going all out to slay American imperialism with sledgehammer irony and a comic strip style which soon becomes tiresome. Isolated things remain among the debris: a shot of a smiling girl with two boiled eggs and a strip of bacon on her chest in a heady montage on the delights of American life; the sight of Christ silencing the Virgin Mary with 'Mom, please!'; and of course Delphine Seyrig as a drum majorette/whore double agent.


Release details

100 mins

Cast and crew

William Klein
William Klein
Serge Gainsbourg
Philippe Noiret
Catherine Rouvel
John Abbey
Yves Montand
Sami Frey
Delphine Seyrig
Donald Pleasence
Jean-Claude Drouot