A deliriously surreal, provocative, and blasphemous take on l’amour fou and the constraints of a stultifying, oppressive society.
It begins as a documentary about the poisonous power of scorpions and irrationally moves towards a peasant revolution (led by famed surrealist painter Max Ernst).
Preview what it was considered to be a highly pornographic scene from the film below:
The film consists of a series of tightly interlinked vignettes, the most sustained of which details the story of a man and a woman who are passionately in love. Their attempts to consummate their passion are constantly thwarted, by their families, by the Church and bourgeois society in general.
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L’Âge d’Or was Buñuel’s first feature film and it was banned from public exhibition in his native country, Spain, almost immediately from the moment of its 1930 premiere. Its principal opponents were high-ranking members of the Catholic church, who condemned the film as savagely sacrilegious.