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Year: 1930
UK: BFI (Access)
Cast: Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Caridad De Laberdesque, Max Ernst,Pierre Prevert, Jacques Brunius, Josep Llorens Artigas, Lionel Salem, Germaine Noizet, Duchange, Bonaventura Ibanez
Director: Luis Bunuel
Countries: France / Spain
Language: French (English subtitles)
UK: 63 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains moderate violence and sex references
UK Release Date: 13 February 2004 (Limited Release - London)


A man's face covered with flies; a blind man being kicked; a woman suggestively sucking on the toe of a statue: L'AGE D'OR is scabrous, sinister and strangely poignant. Bunuel and Dali's second collaboration chronicles a couple's struggles to consummate their impulsive mutual desire in the face of an endless array of obstacles coming their way from the authorities, bourgeois society and the Church. At the time of its release, the film was widely (and rightly) deemed outrageous, with fanatics going so far as to hurl stink bombs and ink at the screen. It remains perhaps the cinema's greatest ode to surrealism and a veritable checklist of the obsessions that would mark the rest of Bunuel's career.

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