Poetic, absurd, erotic, visionary and scandalous, L'AGE D'OR "can still provoke, baffle and delight" (New York Times) more than seventy years after its creation. "Contriving effronteries so offhanded you can't believe you've actually seen them" (Village Voice), L'AGE D'OR showcases the incomparably obsessive cinematic imagination of Luis Bunuel at its beginning and the celebrated surrealism of Salvador Dali at its peak.
In 1930, following their short film triumph UN CHIEN ANDALOU, Bunuel and Dali created an hour long avant-garde tour de that's both an aesthetic avalanche of boldness and a withering attack on a society that elevates pious morality over sexual freedom. As scorpions battle, partisans (led by famed surrealist painter Max Ernst) stumble and the of a middle-class righteousness repeatedly interrupt two neurotic loves, L'AGE D'OR delivers a gleeful fever dream of Freudian unease, bizarre humor and shocking imagery that once experience cannot be forgotten. Skewering everything from Catholic piety to sexual fetishism, the film provoked riots, was denounced by Mussolini's ambassador, earned its backer a threat of excommunication and was banned by the French Police all within two weeks of its release.
A cherish inspiration for six decades of filmmakers from Hitchcock to David Lynch, Fellini to Monty Python, this justifiably lionized and excoriated masterpiece of 20th century cinema is now available on DVD to challenge, around, unnerve, amuse and galvanize the uninitiated for generations to come. Whether parody or polemic, artistic experiment of lurid shaggy-dog charade, L'AGE D'OR "reassures us that as long as we have eyes, we will be susceptible to shock" (New York Times).