#97- L’Age d’or

Quick recap: A man and woman want to get it on but keep getting interrupted by the church, society and family. LAME.

ruins the mood a little

ruins the mood a little

Fun (?) fact: Director Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí were good friends but had a falling out before the movie was set to start filming. The first day on the set Buñuel chased Dalí off the premises with a hammer.

My thoughts: I don’t even know. L’Age d’or begins with a documentary about scorpions and ends with an orgy with Jesus so……. basically, it’s your typical French film. I started out somewhat interested, especially when it came to the scorpions. I have severe arachnophobia and I was just thinking to myself  last night how nice it would be to have a new fear and what better than another arachnid?? But then the scene changed to a bunch of soldiers who are fighting some religious guys and I was a little confused, but figured I would catch on as the film went on. And then in the next scene the religious guys were skeletons and a man and woman were trying to have sex in public and at that point I threw my hands in the air and just went with it.

The problem I had with L’Age d’or is not that it was all symbolic, but that it was symbolism I had never seen before. At this point, I’m just going to assume everything I watched was a reference to sex in some way. On the positive side, I learned a whole new crop of euphemisms for sexual repression: ‘kicking the violin down the street’, ‘cow in the bed’, ‘slap an old woman’, and my personal favorite- ‘ murder a child for no reason’. Fun times, I’m telling you.

No, really.

No, really.

So, did the man and woman ever hook up?? I don’t know, kind of? At one point they were making out while a symphony played a few feet away and then they had each other’s hand in the other’s mouth, so I guess that counts as second base? The woman starts fellating a statue’s toe a little later on so I assume she wasn’t satisfied. At the end of the film, the two lovers are holding each other and having pillow talk- discussing how sleepy they are and how nice it is to murder children. And then the next scene the guy has blood all over his face. Luckily, I had checked out way before this scene came on and I wasn’t too traumatized.

L’Âge-d’Or

Final review: 1/5 and I don’t really think I need to go into detail as to why.

Up next: Babe!

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#93- Meshes of the Afternoon

Quick recap: A woman falls asleep, except she’s not. There’s also a key, a flower and a knife that are important for some reason. And also a guy with a mirror face. Basically, what one would expect in a 14 minute art house film.

The phone is off of the hook! How deep! Such meaning!

The phone is off of the hook! How deep! Such meaning!

Fun (?) fact: I’m out on the porch as I type this, and I think I’m about to watch a battle between a wasp and random bird.

My thoughts: If I’m going to be entirely honest, here are my exact thoughts as I watched this film:

Is it a requirement for all experimental films to feature a flower?

Is it a requirement for all experimental films to feature a flower?

 

Gross! Is the symbolism flirting with death, because that's what she's doing putting that nasty key in her mouth.

Gross! Is the symbolism flirting with death, because that’s what she’s doing putting that nasty key in her mouth.

 

That's.....off-putting?

That’s…..off-putting?

 

WTF?

WTF?

 

WTF?

WTF?

 

WTF?

WTF?

 

I could continue, but I think my point has been made. I got that the main character was asleep and I think I understood that she was in a dream but that’s about it. On one hand, I could take the time to analyze the film and research its true meaning, but that kind of ruins the ‘wtf’-ness of it all.

Final review: 2/5. The film was creepy, but overall all the symbolism turned me off.

Up next: My Night at Maude’s