REALITY AND SBC PROUDLY PRESENT "MISTER FREEDOM", WILLIAM KLEIN'S MAGNIFICENT 1968 POP ART PARODY OF U.S. IMPERIALIST STRATEGY, IN A BIG SCREEN DIGITAL PREMIERE WITH NEWLY COMMISSIONED SCORE AND ETHER FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE BY ELECTRO-FUNK VISIONARY JIMI TENOR AND HIS 10 PIECE BIG BAND LIVE ON STAGE AT LONDON'S QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL. PRODUCED BY MAREK PYTEL. AN ORIGINAL REALITY PRODUCTION.



 

Like some form of collective psychological cure, an exercise in exorcism destined to dissipate this form of holy terror that emanates from the madness and mysterious games of the political system.

Christian Zimer "Modern Times"

This is not an easy film for the average spectator to watch, but a shock, a revelation of what the cinema could become.

Samuel Lachize "L'Humanite"

I was swept up in the May 68 riots. I loved William Klein's underground, anti-Vietnam flick, Mr Freedom, and the Kinks song "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" was my anthem.

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac - Fashion Victim
   

MISTER FREEDOM

As rioting takes place in the streets, a U.S. sheriff played by John Abbey, enters his secret closet - not so subtly hidden behind a wall-sized American flag - and becomes the ultra-patriotic crimefighter Mr. Freedom, complete with football shoulder pads and a catcher's mask. He crashes through an innocent black family's window, blasts away with his guns, stands on their dining room table, and sings his theme song "We'll always beat 'em, With star-spangled freedom." Alright! This 'hero' spouts his "Might is Right. And Right is Freedom." militaristic rhetoric and following the imperialistic orders of Doctor Freedom, the M-style administrator at Freedom Inc. played by Donald Pleasance, who only appears on a TV screen. He's a Real American, all right. A cross between Superman, Ronald Reagan and your average Ku Klux Klan member, with hilariously jingoistic rants about left-wing liberals, pacifists, and "red-assed, black-assed, Jew-assed farts who can't even spell America." His latest assignment is to stop Red China Man and his Commie pals from taking over the French or as Pleasance refers to them, "mixed-up, snivelling cry babies who haven't stood on their two feet since Napoleon.". He also has to avenge the death of his buddy, Capitaine Formidable. And if the French don't want Mr. Freedom, Hell, he'll force them to, even if he has to kill them all in the process... "Everything that I have destroyed, I will rebuild better than before!" Mister Freedom promises-right before he nukes Paris.

Mister Freedom, is a fascist in red, white and blue. You are either on his side or he'll fucking pile drive your ass. George Bush & Richard Nixon would kiss his boots and bow in supplication. Filled with eye-popping Pop Art set designs and art direction, Mister Freedom is one of the most absurd yet heavy duty political films ever made.



  

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Original English language version, NTSC all region DVD With optional Director's commentary by William Klein.

 

 

            


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