Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. William Klein. 1969, 92 mins. 35mm. With John Abbey, Delphine Seyrig and Donald Pleasence. John Abbey plays secret-agent-cum-comics-hero Mr. Freedom, a stand-in for America itself in a hilariously paranoid spoof of the sorry state of late-sixties international relations. Mr. Freedom has been sent to Paris to fight off his communist nemeses Moujik Man (Philippe Noiret) and Red China Man, who are themselves stand-ins for communist Russia and China, along the way spewing American imperialistic claptrap. William Klein’s campy superhero mise-en-scène combines exuberantly with his biting critique of exceptionalism to make for a riotously strange send-up.