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L'Age d'Or (1930)
"L'âge d'or" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  1 November 1979 (USA)
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A surrealist tale of a man and a woman who are passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted, by their families, the Church and bourgeois society.

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Complete credited cast:
Gaston Modot ...
The Man
Lya Lys ...
Caridad de Laberdesque ...
Chambermaid / Little Girl
Max Ernst ...
Leader of men in cottage
Josep Llorens Artigas ...
Governor (as Llorens Artigas)
Lionel Salem ...
Germaine Noizet ...
Marquise (as Mme Noizet)
Duchange ...
Conductor
Bonaventura Ibáñez ...
Marquis (as Ibanez)
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Bunuel's first feature has more of a plot than Un Chien Andalou (1929), but it's still a pure Surrealist film, so this is only a vague outline. A man and a woman are passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted, by their families, the Church and bourgeois society. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Opening Weekend:

$7,940 (USA) (30 January 2004)

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$32,712 (USA) (21 May 2004)
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Trivia

This film was granted a screening permit after being presented to the Board of Censors as the dream of a madman. Opening at Studio 28 in Paris in October 1930, word spread about the film's bizarre content. On the evening of 3 December 1930, the fascist League of Patriots and other groups began (halfway through the film) to throw purple ink at the screen, then rushed out into the lobby of the theater, slashing paintings by Yves Tanguy, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, and Man Ray. The producers of the film, Le Vicomte de Noailles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, soon withdrew the film from circulation. The (legal) US premiere of subtitled prints of this film took place 1-15 November 1979 at the Roxie Cinema, San Francisco. See more »

Quotes

Young Girl: I have waited for a long time. What joy to have our children murdered!
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Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 - iii. Allegro
by Ludwig van Beethoven
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An outrageous but admirable piece of unrestricted creativity
23 February 2000 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The great thing about Buñuel's films is they can be interpreted in different ways. This one focuses on a man's attempt to make love to a woman, which frustratingly for him always seems out of reach. He is grabbed by two men and lead around the streets, glaring into images which become animated. He is seeing his outcome all around him, like a dream. The film has its funny moments and also its unpleasant ones, one being where a man executes his little son for a minor offence, another being where the man assaults a blind man crossing the road. But the savage Buñuel humour is in evidence, where a man throws various objects out of a window, including a burning tree, a priest and a giraffe. The primary assault as usual is on the bourgeoisie, with a scene at a dinner party, where a maid is burning in the kitchen and a horse-driven cart steered by peasants trespasses through. Of course all the guests are oblivious to this. It all concludes with a controversial religious scene, which was the main reason it was banned for so long. It is still an accomplished, sophisticated, expressive and artistically unlimited piece.


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