in about 100 words or less
France 63m, B&W
Director: Luis Buñuel; Cast: Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Caridad de Laberdesque, Max Ernst, Josep Llorens Artigas, Lionel Salem, Germaine Noizet
The Age of Gold is an influential surrealist film composed of a collection of short subjects with little apparent connection in plot, save the underlying themes of love and death which are manifested in bizarre scenes. Amongst some of the more memorable images are fighting scorpions; skeleton priests; a cow lying in a bed; a woman kissing the feet of a statue; and the depiction of Christ as one of the survivors of the Marquis de Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom. By today’s standards, the film remains pretty incomprehensible, however these types of images – literally years ahead of their time, are now relatively commonplace in popular culture, advertising and pop music videos (Klaus Ming April 2010).