1930                   Satire


         L'Age d'Or

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      Having determinedly avowed that Un Chien Andalou, his previous collaboration with co-writer and surrealist artist Salvador Dali, meant nothing at all, Luis Bunuel declared that this second surrealist outing was "a desperate and passionate call to murder". He certainly got his wish, as the film caused riots when it premiered in Paris and was eventually banned at the insistence of the French fascists for 49 years.

      Exploring the themes that would sustain his entire career, Bunuel mercilessly pillories the bourgeoisie, with virtually every scene touching on the conflict between sexual desire and religious and political repression. The satire is both erotic and hilarious and still has the power to provoke.

      Bunuel's fingerprints are all over the script which makes one wonder just how much Dali contributed.

      In French with English subtitles.

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