The golden age (Buñuel)

L'Âge d'Or (the golden age) is a surrealistischer Tonfilm (black-and-white, 60 minutes, 1930) of the director Luis Buñuel.

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At the beginning of the film one sees scorpios and it seems a nature film to develop. The prism-like tail is explained. Afterwards one sees scorpios fighting approximately each other and finally attacks a scorpio a rat . Buñuel studied agrarian and natural sciences during its youth time among other things, which the reason for its interest in nature explains and its inhabitants. After the insertion “some hours later…” one sees a man on rock climbing. The man sees to rock down and sees clergyman in full splendour on rock sitting. Buñuel, which always stated, it is Atheist, finished in its films often religious ideas. An important example for this is its age work “the Milky Way”. Here it returned again to its juvenile Surrealismus.

The man continues to go into a hut, in which some stunted men wait apparently for him. After unreal disputes have (“you… Chord ion, river horses and brushes. “) one sees many civil humans coming on the island. These lubricate something concrete on a square stone and talk confused things. Meanwhile one sees a man and a woman rolling in the background on the soil (rape?). The man is arrested, after he was stepped. It is the leading actor, a civil. Here one already notices the aggressiveness of this man, when he kills a running by beetle with the arrest intentionally.

Before the arrest one sees still the clergymen on rock. Now only few more than skeletons. In the city one becomes a witness of crazy events: A cow in bed of a woman. A paper donor, whose paper dissolves as in a dream world in spectacular way. The leading actor, who steps away full rage a blind one. Again and again religious indications like a golden Gral in a taxi. The leading actor, a burning tree and a clergyman from the window schmeisst and much more besides. An important situation is, when a woman ableckt erotisch with the tongue a part of a Adamsskulpur (Oralsex?).

A further impressing situation is, than a hunter shoots his child, because it took its tobacco from the whistle.

Further one can see a pair, which together-sits first romantically. Suddenly the woman says “as beautiful that we murdered our child”, and their partner says several times “Ohh, my love with blood-smeared face (as if it would have a deep wound under the eye)… Ohh, my love ".

Explained at the end of the film that four from reason bad men some women in a castle hold, in order their dirty fantasies with the Orgien to satisfy to be able (an allusion to the 120 days of Sodom of de Sade). First of the 4, which leaves the house after 120 days, is a count (criticism at the authority). One sees three noble persons and a person, who look like Jesus from the door come. A woman follows blood-smeared, on which that decreases/goes back Jesus more similarly and along-pulls it. Then one hears woman cry, and which Jesus more similarly frightened come out.


the leading actors of the film are gas clay/tone Modot (the man) and Lya Lys (young woman). Besides max Ernst, the surrealistsiche painter plays, the leader of the men in the country house and Lionel Salem the duke of Blangis (the person of the same name from the text “the 120 days of Sodom”, the Marquis de Sade).


Buñuel criticizes the dogmas of the Roman-catholic church with the film obviously on the one hand. He also often said that it was a Atheist. On the other hand he criticizes also the civil society with its hypocritical courses and the sexual suppression.


the film in the “Studio 28” was uraufgeführt, where he ran one behind the other six times before sold off ranks. Then the right press got wind of the film, whereupon the cinema hall was devastated, the canvas with hand grenades was fired at and the exhibition of the surrealistischen painters in the Vorraum destroyed. Thereupon the film was forbidden. Only 50 years (!!!) later this prohibition was waived.


Buñuel, Luis: L'Âge d'Or (the golden age). 1930. arte: concerns: Luis Buñuel. 2000.

further recommendation

Un Chien Andalou/ an Andalusian dog. Of Luis Buñuel. 1928. (Its first film. Perhaps the most well-known surrealistische film) La voie lactée/the Milky Way. Of Luis Buñuel. 1969. (One of its age works. Surrealisti, anti- katholizistischer clay/tone and color film. With this film Buñuel returned to its surrealistischen roots, and does not criticize the dogmas of the catholic church in ever a form which was.)

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