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L’Age d’Or

Recently Restored
Directed by Luis Buñuel.
With Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Max Ernst.
France, 1930, DCP, black & white, 63 min.
French with English subtitles.
DCP source: Cinémathèque française

Realizing his goal of enraging fascists, Catholics, the bourgeoisie and his general audience in this follow-up to Un Chien Andalou, Buñuel proved too radical this time even for Salvador Dali, who quickly distanced himself from this explosive cinematic revolution. Slyly beginning as an innocuous documentary on scorpions, this surreal masterpiece evolves into a romance in which the lovers are routinely blocked from realizing their love by the complexes of society and their own psyches. One of the earliest sound films—and the first to use interior dialogue—L’Age d’Or is a decadent, jarring Freudian dreamscape that has maintained its horror, eroticism and taboo—provoking on planes both conscious and subconscious.

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