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
Christian Zimer "Modern Times"
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"
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
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.