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L'age D'or (1979)

Gaston Modot , Lya Lys , Luis Buñuel  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Caridad de Laberdesque, Max Ernst, Josep Llorens Artigas
  • Directors: Luis Buñuel
  • Writers: Luis Buñuel, Marquis de Sade, Salvador Dalí
  • Producers: Le Vicomte de Noailles
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: November 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 63 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00064AMBM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,496 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "L'age D'or" on IMDb

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In 1930, following their short film triumph UN CHIEN ANDALOU, Bunuel and Dali created an hour long avant-garde tour de force 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 forces 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.

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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Again: No, NOT just for arty types.... December 17, 2004
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L'Age D'or is one of the supreme surrealist films, but it's actually surprisingly accessible for Bunuel. In fact, one of his most accessible. That's not to say that you don't have to work a little, but far, far less that you would for, say, Brakhage or even some Fellini.

The film actually works on several levels, many of which offer Bunuel's often biting commentary on various aspects of life, including the blind acceptance of organized religion (for which the film was banned by the Catholic church for decades, and Bunuel was excommunicated), love and sex, human tolerance, class distinction (short but brilliant), and more. To be honest, to describe the various areas of the film is to pretty much ruin it for anyone who's never seen it. It's really best going in totally unexpectant. Again, though, remember that it's not going to unfold in a logical pattern, and will likely require a few watchings to catch it all. It's just that kind of film. In addition, the things that were absolutely appalling then may not be so much so today, or at least not to the same degree.

Still, it's a genuine work of genius, done for far, far, far many more reasons than just to stir things up. (And hopefully Amazon won't pull my review again because I dared to offer a contradicting opinion to someone else)

Absolutely a must-see for serious film-lovers, and probably a must-own, too. It's a serious work of art and nothing about it -- nothing -- is random. Oh... to clarify one thing: Yes, the film opens with a French documentary on scorpions. But as the narrator notes, the scorpion's tail has five segments, the last one containing the sting. L'Age D'or also has five segments; and the last one most definitely contains the sting.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where's Criterion When You Need Them? January 27, 2005
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Bunuel's first feature "L'Age d'Or" provoked such a fierce reaction among the Right that it was almost immediately banned by the French authorities after its release and not shown for another 50 years (it was finally allowed to play in Paris again in 1980). Suffice it to say, when you see it, you'll understand why: especially the final sequence.

While it is wonderful to have this landmark film finally available on DVD (as well as "Un Chien Andalou" in a separate release), I'm rather saddened by the lack of restorative effort here. The film has the visual and aural quality of the old 16mm prints I saw 15 years ago and there's virtually no extras worth mentioning. By all means get this release if only because it may not come out in any other format here in the US (and some of us can't afford a code-free DVD to buy the BFI version) but it would be nice if the rights holders would lease these films to Criterion to create a: "Bunuel: The Early Years" disc.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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In the second film that Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí collaborated on, they accomplished the infamous L'Age D'or, and this after they stirred the world of art and politics with their Un Chien Andalou a year before. This second film was about to exercise a full out assault on the established guidelines of society through irrational thoughts leading the audience to question their own ideas of society. However, in order to provide more detail to this notion one should know that surrealism grew out of Dadaism, which was a consequence of war. In the beginning of the 20th century, Tristan Tzara, the father of Dada, expressed himself that a world that can create war machines not worthy of art. Thus, he decided to generate an anti-art of ugliness against the up and coming industrial bourgeoisie, but instead of offending the new upper-class they embraced his new art. They felt that the Dadaism was attacking old traditions of feudalism and Christian dominance.

Surrealism is an expansion of Dadaism that grew out from the notions of the French doctor Andre Breton, who had fought at the trenches of World War I. Breton had studied the works of both Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud. Through his studies a heavy interest grew with the notion of the unconscious and its functions. Later, Dali developed his own unique technique to capture his unconsciousness onto the permanent medium of the canvas. Buñuel who also was interested in the subconscious did not have the talent of writing, painting, or music, which left him with the new coming art form of cinema. And he truly became one of the masters of cinema, whose films can still provide much pondering and pleasure.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Archtypal Surrealism November 14, 2004
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There is a history of important art creating strong outrage when debuting in Paris. Coletrane and Dolphy earned derision, and Stravinsky's Rites of Spring generated general unrest. The screening of L'Age D'Or engendered direct assaults on the theatre and even rioting on the street.

Bunuel was a self-cenfessed atheist (though much of his body of work examined the spiritual) and there are many images in this film that mock church heiarchy. However, these blows seem more a humorous critique of the authority of beauracracy, that match well a total effort to turn the constraints of societal norms on its ear.

It's doubtful that some 70 years after the fact that viewing this movies will induce riotous outrage. But the dreamy, surprizing images continue to amuse and stimulate an out-of-the-box viewpoint. Not as jarring as the Andelusian Dog, it is perhaps the stronger of the two and absolutely requisite viewing for Bunuel afficianados.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Amused
New and exciting perhaps for when it was introduced, but for me it almost seeded old fashioned and obsessed with its own vision. I thought to be interested and amused but was not.
Published 1 day ago by Mark J. Aldrich
4.0 out of 5 stars My face still hurts.
There's a few ways to watch this film Going into it with any sort of understanding of the period and intent, would probably lend to a more scholarly appreciation. Read more
Published 2 days ago by JB
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Didn't like it.
Published 5 days ago by Juan R
4.0 out of 5 stars L'Age D'Or
Item arrived within timeframe with no problem!!!
Published 12 days ago by Acquisitions, UNLV Libraries
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Terrible film.....:(
Published 19 days ago by Linda Husbands
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than a bull fight on acid
W.T.F. !
Better than a bull fight on acid.
Published 25 days ago by Jacqueline Kittridge
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Weird
Published 28 days ago by George Cuzakis
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Simply awful.
Published 1 month ago by Shop man
1.0 out of 5 stars I just sort of half watch this out of curiosity ...
I just sort of half watch this out of curiosity after reading the descriptions and it caused a riot and so on but I really don't see any reason to spend time watching it.
Published 1 month ago by cookieva
4.0 out of 5 stars This is not a throw away movie
As I'm sure I've missed numerous references within the movie, I want to watch it again. It is definitely a film to pay attention, for often the details are fleeting and small. Read more
Published 1 month ago by W. Maxwell
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