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Salient. Official Newspaper of Victoria University of Wellington Students Association. Vol 40 No. 11. May 23 1977

The Phantom of Liberty - Tues. 24 May, 2.15pm

The Phantom of Liberty - Tues. 24 May, 2.15pm

"A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of Communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this ghost. Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German Police spies."

— The Communist Manifesto.

Luis Bunuel takes the title of his latests film from the opening line of Marx's Communist Manifesto and shocks Europe with another attack on all the old ideas and institutions that have not changed much since Marx's day.

Unlike some of his earlier films the viciousness of this one is not so obvious. Bunuel himself says, " When I was young, surrealism was the most violent artistic movement: We used violence as a weapon against the Establishment. Now society itself has become so violent that it is hard to use violence to make artistic comment. " He now uses a method he describes as " sweet subversion".

A brilliantly entertaining film which has the strength to stand many viewings. In fact one of the few great films ever made.