(France/1930—directed by Luis Buñuel)
Cinematic surrealism reached an early peak with this stunning, provocative and wildly imaginative collaboration between the great Luis Buñuel and the flamboyantly talented Salvador Dali. Following their scandalous 1929 short film Un chien andalou, the pair created an hour long avant-garde tour de force that's both an aesthetic avalanche of “inappropriate” imagery and a withering attack on a society that elevated pious morality over sexual freedom. L'Âge d'or delivers a gleeful fever dream of Freudian unease, bizarre humor and shocking moments that once experienced cannot be forgotten. Skewering everything from religious piety to sexual fetishism, the film provoked riots, was denounced by Mussolini's ambassador, earned its backer a threat of excommunication and was banned by the French Police – all within two weeks of its release. It was to forever remain, in the words of The New Yorker’s Pauline Kael, “the most scandalous of all Buñuel’s films.” In French with English subtitles. (63 min.)
Special funding provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
While at the DIA, be sure to visit the Five Spanish Masterpieces exhibition (June 21 – August 19), which includes Salvador Dali’s “Soft Construction With Boiled Beans.”
All screenings of the summer DFT 101 series will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the DIA’s Lecture Hall, located on the museum’s ground floor – use Woodward or Farnsworth for entry. Film admission to this series is included with the price of general DIA admission, and is free to DIA members as well.
The Café DIA, located just steps from the Lecture Hall, offers full food and beverage service and is open from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.