Film 113 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1930’s “L’Age d’Or”. Or as it’s known in English “The Age of Gold.” This French film is directed by Luis Buñuel is about the insanities of modern life, the hypocrisy of the sexual mores of bourgeois society and the value system of the Roman Catholic Church and is written by both Buñuel and Salvador Dali. And yet again, like many other old films I’ve watched, I’ve ended up switching it off halfway through due to it being boring and dull. And you can add weird to that list. This film made no sense what so ever. Random bishops reading hymns on mountain sides then randomly turning into skeletons, women find it funny to be raped by men at funerals, cows are relaxing in people’s beds with no explanation and just overall stupidness. Nothing was explained from the start. Nothing was made clear as to why it was happening. One thing would happened then the next thing would take place instantly. I can only assume it was weird and bonkers because it was written by Salvador Dali who was bonkers. And I know it gets even more bonkers because the woman who did get raped has sex with a statue! In 1983, Luis Buñuel had this to say about the film, “The sexual instinct and the sense of death form the substance of the film. It is a romantic film performed in full Surrealist frenzy.” Fun fact of the film – The movie producer, Le Vicomte de Noalilles, commissioned a film every year as a birthday gift to his wife. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1930’s “L’Age d’Or”.
Film – L’Age d’Or
Year – 1930
Director – Luis Buñuel
Written by – Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dali
Staring – Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Caridad de Laberdesque
IMDB Rating – 7.5/10
My Rating – TOO BONKERS TO RATE
Length – 62 min
Genre – Comedy, Drama
Silent opening credits
Random person collecting scorpions off the street
I’m now watching two scorpions fight
Make it three
I have no idea what I’m watching
Here comes a different animal to eat a scorpion
Meanwhile… On the side of a mountain
Four bishops are reading the bible as a man in rags looks on
Screw this I’m leaving
I think he’s a soldier who’s gone crazy
Don’t you hate it when your rake is stuck in another rake
Excuse me while I cut this rope you’re so fond of
Why are they making the one man on crutches do all the work
Everyone get your guns at the ready
Wake up you lazy bastard
Who uses hippos as war weapons?
And paint brushes?
Screw this, I’ll just stay behind and sleep on the ground
These guys can’t even stand up for more than 10 seconds! How are they meant to attack whoever they’re attacking
Why have people decided to show up on boats?
What the hell is actually happening?
Is this a tourist infomation film on travelling through mountains?
The bishops are dead and are all skeletons
So… Everyone came for a funeral
The funeral stops because a woman’s being raped
She’s clearly laughing instead of being afraid
andom shot of a toilet
I am now looking at exploding shit
He’s afraid of a Yorkshire Terrier
The bastard just kicked that dog!!!!
I’ve switched subtitles on but it seems YouTube doesn’t know what’s happening
Excuse me while I stomp on this bug
Time to bury this coffin in cement
Now I’m in Imperial Rome… WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?
Even more reading
Yet more reading
Random shot of some scaffolding
Again, this feels like a tourist video
Why are these buildings randomly being demolished?
How has that violin not been destroyed from the amount of times he’s kicked it?
Now it breaks
Why does he have a boulder on his head?
Meanwhile, the rapist is still being carried away
Even a photo of legs turns him on
Back to the woman who was raped
Back to the rapist
Back to the woman
Back to the rapist
Back to the woman who now has a bandage on her finger
Why is there a cow in her bed?
That’s the cow dealt with but I can still hear it’s bell rather loudly
Back with the rapist who’s being barked at by dogs
Where the hell are they taking him?
The rapist pulls out a picture from his coat and the police are now concerned
So… he’s a member of the Goodwill Society
Well… That’s him freed!
Better kick this blind man to the curb before escaping in a taxi
Will I miss anything if I switch this off?
The Swansea City vs Cheslea football game looks more interesting
It’s 4-0 to Chelsea within the first half