Oscar Movies: A Nous La Liberte (1931)–Rene Claire’s Oscar Nominated Feature

A Nous La Liberte (1931)


Praised for its scenic design and use of sound, À nous la liberté has been called Rene Clair’s best film.

With a score by Georges Auric, the film has more music than any of Clair’s early works.

The first scene observes an assembly line in a prison, staffed by prisoners, who sing (La liberté, c’est pour les heureux: in English, “Freedom is for the happy”) as they work. Then the camera centers on two prisoners (Louis and Émile, the tale’s main protagonists.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Interior Decoration: Lazare Meerson