These two films are currently doing the rounds on the UK art house circuit. I caught them today at the Pheonix. I like Buñuel (although I'm not so keen on Dali) & hadn’t had the chance to catch these before.
The films are beautiful and brutal. I really enjoy Brunel’s trademark transitional cuts from one stream of anti-narrative to another, and the movies are stuffed full of jokes. Of course the films are moored in time – it’s sweet to see how much confidence the surrealists had in finding the secrets of existing outside of ideology while simultaneously being obsessed with social mores. As you’d expect from a bunch of guys committed to the transgressive power of sex, some of the best images here are explicitly sexual – for example Rene Magritte’s "Le Viol", produced in several versions and media between 1934 and 1948, is prefigured in Un chien andalou, as a man's mouth becomes a pubic mound.
'L'Âge d'Or', revisits & reinvents Buñuel bourgeois hunting ground and closes with de Sade’s Sodom & more ambiguous hair references. Plus it has Max Ernst as Leader of men in cottage. What more could you want from a movie?