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L'Age D'Or (1930)

 





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L'Age D'Or (1930, Fr.) (aka The Age of Gold, or The Golden Age)

L'Age D'Or (1930, Fr.) (aka The Age of Gold, or The Golden Age)

In Buñuel's follow-up surrealistic feature film to the previous year's short Un Chien Andalou (1929) - a disjointed historically-significant film (co-scripted by Salvador Dali) --- it was denounced by the Roman Catholic Church (for a blasphemous castle orgy scene involving a Jesus Christ look-alike rapist in the film's ending). It was also censored or banned by a few governments, impounded in some cases, sparked riots in theaters, and was considered controversial (pornographic and offensive):

  • the plot: two passionate yet frustrated lovers, a Man (Gaston Modot) and Young Girl (Lya Lys), were being kept from one another and repressed by the pious bourgeois establishment for fear of them having sex together
  • the opening documentary sequence on scorpions
  • the indelible images of lovers in mud attempting to make love to each other, and the sight of the sexually-frustrated young woman performing fellatio on the toes of a religious marble statue in a garden
  • other surrealistic images: mitred skeletal arch-bishops perched on coastal rocks, a milking cow then standing in a young woman's bed, a cart driven by a horse through an elegant drawing room, and some acts of violence (a dog kicked, a beetle stomped and squished on rocks, a blind man pushed down with a foot to his stomach, a foot crushing a violin on pavement, a punch in the face), and most surprisingly, a burning tree, a bishop, a huge wooden plow, the bishop's staff, a giraffe statue, and pillow feathers thrown out a window
Duke of Blangis and Crucifix with Female Scalps
  • the heretical ending, in which bearded and robed Duke of Blangis (Lionel Salem), a Jesus look-alike, raped a young woman in a castle, then emerged near a crucifix adorned with five female scalps blowing in the wind

Scorpion Documentary

Skeletal Arch-Bishops on Coastal Rocks

Lovers in Mud

Sucking Statue's Toes

Cow on Bed

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