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L'Age D'Or

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Luis Buuel's second film is a surreal attack on bourgeios ideals that incited a riot when first released and still retains its power to shock. Buuel began the film as a collaboration with Salvador Dali, but after a few days working together the two had a falling out and Buuel made the film himself, incorporating many of Dali's ideas. Its narrative follows two nameless characters, a man and a woman, through a series of scenes connected by dreamlike logic as they try, unsuccessfully, to make love. One memorable sequence finds the couple writhing around on a cliff when a mob of socialites comes upon them and pries them apart. Frustrated, the man sees a yelping poodle and kicks it into the air. L'AGE D'OR is not only an attack on bourgeois life but also a doctrine that directs humanity to live as the surrealists believed they should: that is, by placing love before everything else in life, such as the church, status, and family. Funny, disturbing, and thoroughly bizarre, Buuel's film is a purposefully blasphemous and corrosive work that attacks social institutions with such vigor and imagination that one cannot help but be entertained.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3882

  • Credits
    Max Ernst, Pierre Prevert, Gaston Modot
  • Critic Reviews
    "[S]hocking and beautifully immortal."
    Uncut

    "[T]his is essential art film is richly humorous, too."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Several scenes still drop the jaw, and the film has cumulative power amid the wicked laughs engendered."
    USA Today

    "[O]ne of the milestones of the surrealist movement."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[The film] morphs from an entomological pseudo-doc to a tale of hilariously overheated, thwarted lust to a blasphemous joke."
    Premiere

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