REALITY PROUDLY PRESENT “MISTER FREEDOM”, WILLIAM KLEIN’S MAGNIFICENT 1968 POP ART PARODY OF U.S. WORLD IMPERIALIST STRATEGY. PREMIERE SECRET LIVE SOLO PERFORMANCE DIGITAL SCREENING AT LONDON’S 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
SATURDAY 11th JANUARY. 2003. 7.30 pm. TICKETS: £6.00/£5.00

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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.

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"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 maracas."




William Klein - Jimi Tenor