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L'Age D'Or (1930)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions
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
Skeletal Arch-Bishops on Coastal Rocks
Milking Cow on Bed
  • 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
Duke of Blangis and Crucifix with Female Scalps

Scorpion Documentary

Lovers in Mud

Sucking Statue's Toes


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