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L’Âge d’Or (1930, Gaston Modot, Lya Lys)

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No easily identifiable narrative can be found in Bunuel’s classic Surrealist film L’Âge d’Or, which is still shocking all these years after it was made.

A series of episodes centered around the theme of fanatical love is the thread that ties the whole together, but anyone attempting to attach specific meanings to the film will be disappointed .

The film like the Surrealist paintings to which it is akin, relies on its irrational juxtaposition of images to suggest the dream state or the subconscious.

A fascinating example of nontraditional, non-narrative filmmaking.

production details
France / 63 minutes / 1930

Director: Luis Buñuel
Writers: Luis Buñuel, Marquis de Sade, Salvador Dalí,

cast
Gaston Modot as The Man
Lya Lys as The Woman
Max Ernst as Bandit Leader in the Hut
Lionel Salem as Duke of Blangis
Caridad de Laberdesque as Marquise’ Chambermaid / Girl at Blangis’ Castle
Josep Llorens Artigas as Governor
Germaine Noizet as Marquise of X
Duchange as Orchestra Conductor
Bonaventura Ibáñez as Marquis of X
Jean Aurenche as Bandit
Jacques B. Brunius as Passer-by in the Street
Jean Castanier as Guest at the Marquis of X’s Concert
Juan Castañe as Bandit
Pancho Cossío as Lame Bandit
Simone Cottance as Guest at the Marquis of X’s Concert
Marie Berthe Ernst as Guest at the Marquis of X’s Concert
Juan Esplandiu as Bandit
Pedro Flores as Bandit
Claude Heymann as Extra
Valentine Hugo as Governor’s Wife
Jean-Paul Le Chanois as Duke of Blangis’ Follower
Marval as Defenestrated Bishop
Juan Ramón Masoliver as Extra
Jaume Miravitlles as Bandit
Manuel Ángeles Ortiz as Forester
Jaime Otero as Extra
Joaquin Peinado as Guest at the Marquis of X’s Concert
Roland Penrose as Guest at the Marquis of X’s Concert
Valentine Penrose as Woman in Car with Ostensory
Domingo Pruña as Guest at the Marquis of X’s Concert
Jacques Prévert as Passer-by in the Street
Joaquín Roa as Bandit
Raymond de Sarka as Guest at the Marquis of X’s Concert

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