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L'Age d'or (BFI Film Classics)


Publisher:British Film Institute



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If you haven't seen L'Age D'or, you're missing out on one of the great classics of cinematic surrealism. Directed by the great Luis Bu˝uel and written by Bu˝uel and Salvador Dali, L'Age D'or is rife with nonsensical dialogue and bizarre, disjunctive images. In it, romantic lovers prostrate themselves before statues, Jesus appears as a monstrous hedonist, and the acts of copulation and defecation are linked. The film is alternately shocking, haunting, and outrageously funny.

Paul Hammond's guide to L'Age D'or is as twisty and elliptical as the film itself. As he walks us through its "plot," his enthusiastic and punning prose provides data about the making of the film, Bu˝uel and Dali's peculiar obsessions, the Freudian underpinnings of the work, and the meaning of its images, particularly of its chief metaphor, the scorpion. --Raphael Shargel

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