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also known as The Golden Age

L'age d'or1930

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In 1930, following their short film triumph UN CHIEN ANDALOU, Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí's created an hour-long avant-garde tour de force that's both an aesthetic avalanche of boldness and a withering attack on a society. L'AGE D'OR delivers a gleeful fever dream of bizarre humor and shocking imagery that once experienced cannot be forgotten.

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The second of two collaborations between Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí.


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This is the first true Bunuel film, and one of his very best. Though lacking a coherent plot, the film excoriates the clergy, the military, the government, the general population with image after unforgettable image. It so incensed the French Government that they banned within weeks of its premier, which to my mind is a great reason to watch it. Brilliant.

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This is the first true Bunuel film, and one of his very best. Though lacking a coherent plot, the film excoriates the clergy, the military, the government, the general population with image after unforgettable image. It so incensed the French Government that they banned within weeks of its premier, which to my mind is a great reason to watch it. Brilliant.

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A Golden Age indeed..Surreal and hot stuff way back when. Buy the ticket and take the ride.

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I really loved this film but, for the life of me, I just can't figure out why !!!

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The surrealist scandal of 1930 and a compellingly ugly and unique experience ever since. An angry young Luis Bunuel douses Catholicism and bourgeois values in a toxic spray of scatalogical innuendo, sex and dark humor. As a result, it got banned in France and earned Bunuel the protests that he hoped for UN CHIEN ANDALOU. While that earlier work is intentional nonsense, this one takes unmistakable shots at unmistakable targets. It's built to offend. It's so unsubtle about it that it's often funny. There's even a simple narrative. As an artifact, it hasn't aged badly, but it has aged strangely. It's hard to imagine anyone making a film like this today, a work that's part manifesto and part art piece. It's ragged and guerilla-style in everything from its look to its staging to its storytelling. Rarely does a film feel so much like an act of impassioned vandalism. A blank movie screen is a wall and this is Bunuel's crude graffiti. Bunuel doesn't care if you like it. He'd even kind of prefer it if you don't.

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The new arrivals swarm the island like ants. Lashing out against creatures small and smaller. Mr. Bull Jangles. “Why that little brat….” Intriguing sound design. (Possibly) Ironic facial hair, a time-honored tradition. Flaming Christmas tree echoes with FIREWORKS. The bovine in the boudoir echoes with the goat on the table in LE QUATTRO VOLTE. And of course, the de Sade bit echoes with that one Italian film.

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This film has been reviewed for 8 decades and was in the avant-garde school of Dail..Of course much of the 'shocking' gags seem to us as silly, but in the early 20th cent. it was over the top in every way.. I've seen this at least 5 times and still laugh and enjoy most of it.....

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Here's a film that caused right wing fanatics to attack the screen upon it's initial screening and proceed to storm the lobby and destroy art works by Dali, Miro and Man Ray. A fascist newspaper in Spain declared it “the most repulsive corruption of our age ... the new poison which Judaism, Masonry, and rabid, revolutionary sectarianism want to use in order to corrupt the people”. It doesn't get much better than that. Buñuel's second film is a surrealist masterpiece. It starts with a treatise on scorpions, and then transitions "3 years later" into a story about a couple who want to have sex but are repeatedly thwarted by family, friends, religion and bourgeois society. It ends with a vignette inspired by De Sade that appears to depict Jesus leaving an orgy. It's crude and clearly made by someone still learning how to make films, but how can you not love it?

I'll never look at statues the same way again.

L'Age d'Or is the Bethlehem of punk rock.

Must say this had me confused. I love Dali's paintings. This contribution I'm not so sure.

Probably the most pointless movie ever made.

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