New Digital Restorations
Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Max Ernst, Pierre Prévert, Jacques Brunius, Paul Éluard,
The humor, eroticism, and dreamy cinematic invention of this legendary classic remain as fresh and surprising as a cow sitting in the bedroom. L’age d’or was described on its release as a “desperate pursuit of a wonderful love across the ferocious and cunning snares of social life” (Jean-Paul Dreyfus). Luis Buñuel himself reflected: “The sexual instinct and the sense of death form the substance of the film. It is a romantic film performed in full Surrealistic frenzy. . . . L’Age d’or is the only film in my career conceived and created in a state of euphoria and enthusiasm, of vertigo for overthrowing things and deliberate seeking of scandal, dedicated to attacking the representatives of ‘order’ and ridiculing their ‘eternal’ principles. The period called for such a spirit.”
Un chien Andalou
Luis Buñuel, France, 1929
“The most successful of all the purely surrealist films. Intended to be a work of art produced directly from the subconscious mind about which the director has stated that ‘nothing symbolizes anything.’ Nonetheless, some of the details—the sliced eye, the ants pouring from the hand, the willful confusion of breasts and buttocks—have become a part of film history and the picture may now be viewed as a series of brilliantly executed metaphors” (Museum of Modern Art).