"The Age of Gold"
Directed by Luis Bunuel
extols love and attacks religion and the social order in an amazing
assemblage of images that remain no less provocative today than they were
in 1930. Its central metaphor is a couple making love who are continually
disturbed by the intrusions of officialdom, police and the Church. It
remains one of the most unashamedly erotic films ever made, with a famous
toe-sucking sequence. Financed by the Vicomte de Noailles, who gave Bunuel
complete freedom and declared it "exquisite and delicious," the
film immediately became the object of right-wing extremists and remained
unseen for generations because of the Church's threat to excommunicate the
Vicomte if the film were distributed. Co-scripted by Salvadore Dali.
"Still has the power to delight..." Leonard Maltin's Movie
and Video Guide. With Gaston Modot, Lya Lys, Max Ernst and
Pierre Prevert. French with English subtitles. Black and white.