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L'Age d'Or (1930)

L'âge d'or (original title)
A surrealist tale of a man and a woman who are passionately in love with each other, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society.

Director:

Luis Buñuel

Writers:

Luis Buñuel (scenario) (as Bunuel), Salvador Dalí (scenario) (as Dali)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gaston Modot ... The Man
Lya Lys ... The Woman
Caridad de Laberdesque Caridad de Laberdesque ... Marquise' Chambermaid / Girl at Blangis' Castle
Max Ernst Max Ernst ... Bandit Leader in the Hut
Josep Llorens Artigas Josep Llorens Artigas ... Governor (as Llorens Artigas)
Lionel Salem Lionel Salem ... Duke of Blangis
Germaine Noizet Germaine Noizet ... Marquise of X (as Mme Noizet)
Duchange Duchange ... Orchestra Conductor
Bonaventura Ibáñez Bonaventura Ibáñez ... Marquis of X (as Ibanez)
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Storyline

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 each other, 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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Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 November 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'Age d'Or See more »

Filming Locations:

Hyères, Var, France See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,940, 30 January 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$32,712, 23 May 2004
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Vicomte de Noailles See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Tobis-Klangfilm)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí had effectively fallen out by the time the film went into production to the extent that Dali refused to have anything to do with the actual making of the film. On the first day of shooting, Buñuel chased Dalí off the set with a hammer. 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
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a masterpiece of nonsense
28 July 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

This film is often regarded as the best surrealistic film of all time. Like in his previous film "un chien andalou", Bunuel introduces us a film with a cock-and-bull screenplay. In this movie, he's using the power of his imagination and this is one of the surrealism's goals. The movie starts with a documentary on the scorpions, then some thieves are discovering four archbishops on the rocks, next, come the founders of Rome. Later, in Rome, a young woman is finding a cow on her bed; during a reception, in a beautiful castle, a tipcart full of workers is crossing the living-room and other weird events like these ones happen later..... It's easy to find out why this movie was forbidden for a long time in France (it was finally re-released in 1981). If you think that some elements of the story (if there is one!) like the four archbishops or the tipcart are funny, well they aren't. It's only his second film and Bunuel's showing us his obsessions: he's laughing at religion and upper middle class by ridiculing them and he is against the conformity. That's why his movie's got nonsense and even the title: why the Golden Age? However, behind all this nonsense, there is a love story between Gaston Modot and Lya Lys which is more sketched out than told.

Moreover, the film also created a huge scandal due to the last sequence. It was inspired by the most horrible French novel: "les 120 journées de Sodome" by the Marquis de Sade (Bunuel used to admire him). This French writer's novels were forbidden for a long time due to their violence and their philosophy. In the movie, the scene created a double scandal because the count of Blangis's got the Christ' head! This film is incredible and fascinating due to the screenplay and its unexpected events. If you want to discover Bunuel's films, this one is a good start


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