L'Age d'Or (1930)

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L'Age d'Or (1930) ~ Movie Review

Fr • BW • 62mins

Cast

Lya Lys The woman
Gaston Modot The man
Max Ernst Bandit Chief
Pierre Prevert Peman, a bandit

Crew

Dir: Luis Bunuel
Scr: Luis Bunuel, Salvador Dali
Ph: Albert Duverger

Having determinedly avowed that Un Chien Andalou, his previous collaboration with co-writer and surrealist artist Salvador Dali, meant nothing at all, Luis Bunuel declared that this second surrealist outing was "a desperate and passionate call to murder". He certainly got his wish, as the film caused riots when it premiered in Paris and was eventually banned at the insistence of the French fascists for 49 years.

Exploring the themes that would sustain his entire career, Bunuel mercilessly pillories the bourgeoisie, with virtually every scene touching on the conflict between sexual desire and religious and political repression. The satire is both erotic and hilarious and still has the power to provoke.

Bunuel's fingerprints are all over the script which makes one wonder just how much Dali contributed.

In French with English subtitles.

5 Stars out of 5 - A Masterpiece

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L'Age d'Or ~ Trivia

One of Dali's few contributions to the film was the visual idea of placing a loaf of bread on Christ's head.

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L'Age d'Or, 1930
© Taschen
Source: Luis Bunuel: The Complete Films. Chimera 1900 - 1983

Bunuel: "Gaston Modot had been a painter and companion of Picasso in 1912. He liked to play the guitar and was very pro-Spain. I noticed him because he was an actor, and a very good actor, too."

The film provoked a right-wing riot in Paris and was banned. It became an underground legend until its re-release some 50 years later.

The film was produced by Charles, Vicomte de Noailles. He would finance an avant-garde film every year for his wife's birthday and this was the present in 1930.

English translation is The Golden Age.

The four archbishops turned to skeletons at the beginning of the film became a fasmiliar motif in Dali's paintings.

One of Bunuel's assistants, Jacques-Bernard Brunius, was almost arrested at the border for transporting the Archbishop skeletons and vestments into Spain for the filming of the Prologue.

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L'Age d'Or, 1930
© Taschen
Source: Luis Bunuel: The Complete Films. Chimera 1900 - 1983

The final part of the film was inspired by the Marquis of Sade. Max Ernst was the leader of the bandits. Peman was played by Pierre Prevert, the brother of writer Jacques Prevert.

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L'Age d'Or ~ Can You Spot Ernst, Prevert, or Anyone?, 1930
© Taschen
Source: Luis Bunuel: The Complete Films. Chimera 1900 - 1983

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