REALITY PROUDLY PRESENT MISTER FREEDOM, WILLIAM
KLEINS MAGNIFICENT 1968 POP ART PARODY OF U.S. WORLD IMPERIALIST
STRATEGY. PREMIERE SECRET LIVE SOLO PERFORMANCE DIGITAL SCREENING AT LONDONS
HORSE HOSPITAL WITH NEWLY COMMISSIONED SCORE BY SCANDINAVIAN ELECTROFUNK
VISIONARY JIMI TENOR. PRODUCED BY MAREK PYTEL. AN
ORIGINAL REALITY PRODUCTION.
THE HORSE HOSPITAL. COLONNADE. BLOOMSBURY. WC1
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Mr. Freedom, a pro-America superhero who fights
for God and country by beating, robbing, raping and killing anyone
who looks like they might disagree with him. When he hears that
France is in danger of falling to the Commies, Mr. Freedom heads
overseas to set things right. When the welcome he receives isn't
quite as warm as he expected, he gives up hope of steering the French
away from the Reds and decides to salvage what he can by destroying
the entire country.
With a fireworks display of social commentary Klein splashes the
screen with the1960s colors magnified to perfection in oversized
costumes. John Abbey does a great job as Mr Freedom, a roll that
Peter Falk once begged for, preaching "We'll always beat 'em,/
with star-spangled freedom" which still seems to ring true
in today's world.
Banned by the French government, recut by the producer,
and misunderstood by the critics, Mr. Freedom is ripe for rediscovery.
This garish, color-coded satire of Yankee imperialism and self-righteousness
follows the superhero, an amalgam of James Bond, Buck Rogers, and
a football fullback, who is sent to Europe to eliminate French leftists
and avenge the death of his colleague, Capitaine Formidable (played
by Yves Montand). (Klein described Mr. Freedom as "all the
Westmorelands, the MacArthurs, the pinup boys of war.") Adrift
in a foreign land, he falls in with counterinsurgent bombshell Marie-Madeleine,
played by the stunning Delphine Seyrig. Made at the height of 1960s
anti-Americanism, Mr. Freedom mixes puppets, agitprop, comic books,
pinpoint satire, and outlandish design with a political ferocity
that hasn't been seen since.
"I think I'm considered more like some kind of outsider artist
than a star, lets say like these people who do sculptures behind the gas
station on the lawn and some guy has done an art piece out of a log with
a chainsaw. I think I'm that sort of a guy but with music... I think my
chainsaw is my flute and my log is, oh I really don't know, lets say my