Rome, 1930s. Daughter of an exiled anarchist, Libera Valente cannot stand the fascism that triumphs every day. In order not to jeopardize her husband's tailoring workshop, she must moderate her frequent outbursts of rage against the authorities. On May 1 , Libera is accused of provocation by the police for having dressed in red with her two children. The whole family has to leave to live in the provinces, but Libera is quick to get noticed there for her anti-fascist virulence...
To give his own history of fascism, Mauro Bolognini constructs Liberté, mon amour! like a grotesque farce that gradually unravels into tragedy. Through the sublime character of Libera Amore Anarchia, a woman in constant revolt embodied by an inflamed Claudia Cardinale, it is the daily struggle and the revolutionary spirit that are glorified. By accusing the bureaucratic fascism of the 1970s in a roundabout way, Mauro Bolognini signs a singular and scathing masterpiece, alongside Bernardo Bertolucci's 1900 and Ettore Scola's We Were So Much Loved.
FREEDOM, MY LOVE! (1975 – Colors – 104 mins) SUPPLEMENTS . PREFACE BY JEAN A. GILI(9 mins)
. MAURO BOLOGNINI, BEYOND STYLE (PART ONE) (1992 – Colors and B&W – 29 mins) an unreleased film by Richard Frances, Jean A. Gili and Philippe Jamont The first part of a river interview with Mauro Bolognini, with testimonies from Claudia Cardinale, Adriana Asti, Marthe Keller and Dominique Sanda.