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L'Age d'Or (1930)

L'âge d'or (original title)
A surrealist tale of a man and a woman 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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Caridad de Laberdesque ...
Marquise' Chambermaid / Girl at Blangis' Castle
Max Ernst ...
Bandit Leader in the Hut
Josep Llorens Artigas ...
Governor (as Llorens Artigas)
Lionel Salem ...
Germaine Noizet ...
Marquise of X (as Mme Noizet)
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Orchestra Conductor
Bonaventura Ibáñez ...
Marquis of X (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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1 November 1979 (USA)  »

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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

The end sequence is introduced as "120 days of depraved acts" that took place at the Duke of Blangis' castle, an allusion to Marquis de Sade's novel "120 Days of Sodom". Blangis exits the castle, followed by three acolytes in tricorn hats (typical of the 18th century aristocracy and bourgeoisie) one of whom is lame (such as the bandits of the second segment of the film). That Blangis is portrayed with a long beard and a long white robe, resembling Jesus in most Christian iconography, emphasizes the film's opposition of religious and political powers over the innocent and loving gentry. See more »

Quotes

Young Girl: I have waited for a long time. What joy to have our children murdered!
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Referenced in Coraline (2009) See more »

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The Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave), Op. 26
By Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Delicious Ahead-of-its-Time Black Comedy
29 February 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

At least sixty years ahead of its time. This collection of surreal scenes satirising every possible social value you can think of and revelling in anything considered by the aristocrats to be vulgar was made with a delicious sense for black comedy, a taste for which would not become socially acceptable for sixty years. This movie caused riots on its first release in 1930, and was banned for forty years. If you see this on the program to be shown at an art gallery near you, like i did, you won't regret seeing it. Think of it as Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel sticking their finger up at everything everyone else takes seriously, and laughing at their being offended. Seventy years later, the art gallery audience i was with were laughing along with Bunuel and Dali. This is about the most modern feeling thing you'll see from early cinema. I'll give you a sample: a couple are such nymphomaniacs, whenever they see each other, they can't stop from leaping on each other and writhing on the ground together. At one point in the movie, they are kissing, and all of a sudden he sees the foot of a statue behind her and is distracted by its beauty. He becomes dazed and zoned on the foot. She pulls away from him, tries to talk to him, he holds his hand up to her face as if to say: "hang on, just give me a minute." Then he feels compelled to leave her. Left on her own, mourning her momentary separation from her lustful partner, she begins sucking on the toes of the statue, as she was sucking on the fingers of her love a few scenes before. Camera cuts to a close-up of the statue's face, as if to check its reaction. The entire audience broke up at this. It was all too much. An absolute riot which can only be appreciated today as taking the p*ss out of every form of conservatism you can imagine.

WARNING= it is at times disturbing. If you are at all feint-hearted, and can not separate movies from reality, especially surrealist movies from reality, then stay away.


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