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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 ...
Young Girl
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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

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$32,712 (USA) (21 May 2004)
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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 »

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Young Girl: I have waited for a long time. What joy to have our children murdered!
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Tristan und Isolde: Mild und leise
Written by 'Richard Wagner'
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Probably the most important film ever made.
29 June 2005 | by (Bloomsburg PA) – See all my reviews

After the 1929, surreal short film "Un Chien Andalou"; Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali collaborated once again. This time in 1930 for " L Age D Or" (the Age of Gold) A scathing satire attacking the bourgeois state, religion, and the wealthy elite. The film concerns a man's quest for a women's unattainable love; a common theme with Bunuel. The couple is caught making love and separated by authorities. Throughout, the film the man tries to pursue the woman with no luck. He's repeatedly interrupted by different institutions. Finally, the couple is reunited at a snotty high class party. Things go down hill from there as the film get's more and more crazy. " L Age D Or" contains many bizarre surreal images such as crippled soldiers who use guns for crutches, priest's that turn into skeletons, a cow in the leading lady's bedroom, toe fetishes and a giraffe and priest getting thrown out a window and harpooned. The dark humor was way ahead of it's time. Watch as a father shoots his own kid for not obeying him. In fact it's easy to see why, it's festival premiere caused a riot. It was also extremely controversial for it's blasphemous images. Of course, today it's less shocking and more hilarious. Bunuel and Dali were anarchic in their vision of society. Attacking every form of hypocrisy through surrealism, they inspired many directors. This film is a must for anyone who's interested in surrealism or the history of cinema. Also check out "The Phantom of Liberty" for more crazy Bunuel madness.


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