Billy Madison + The Phantom of Liberty

Billy Madison + The Phantom of Liberty

A FILM BY: Tamra Davis, Luis Buñuel

A Part of Highs and Lows  

The Phantom of Liberty and Billy Madison both open like a set of fraternal twins. Men in power get drunk and desecrate beautiful spaces whether it’s a church or a mansion. One’s debauchery is spawned by recently-captured Spanish troops, the other by “Nudie Magazine Day”. Dream-like logic runs throughout, not everything has or needs explanation. Penguins and ostriches appear out of thin air, the bourgeoisie speak gibberish while shitting in toilets around a dining room table, and lone snipers are hailed as heroes and celebrities. Sandler and Buñuel both forge vignette-like scenes within the same mental plane. And yet, despite the rebellious spirits of each, the surreal laughter sits under the heavy bedrock of two systems of seemingly never ending modes of dictatorship: that of Generalísimo Franco’s 36-year reign, and 3 grueling generations of brutal O’Doyle rule.


SCREENING ORDER

02/12 - BILLY MADISON + THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY

03/08 - THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY + BILLY MADISON

Technical Information

Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 193 mins
Format: 35mm