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L'Age D'Or

When: Fri., Sept. 30, 8 p.m. 2011

Luis Buñuel was good at two things: 1) groundbreaking works of surrealist cinema that shattered taboos and opened new doors for the possibilities of visual storytelling, and 2) making people really, really mad at him. His 1930 classic L'Age D'Or (The Golden Age) is prime Buñuel in both senses of the word. There's not a whole hell of a lot of plot, but you can expect to see a girl sensually sucking the toes of a religious statue, references to the Marquis de Sade's 120 Days of Sodom and a guy, who looks an awful lot like Jesus, scalping women. Maybe it was an attack on the Catholic Church or the moneyed upper classes, but one thing is certain: People were pissed. So pissed, in fact, that screenings were attacked by fascists, the film was banned in France and it wasn't officially shown in America until 1979. That's some powerful cinema right there. Salvador Dali co-wrote the script with Buñuel, but was not actually involved in the filming, a fact that might have saved him a whuppin' or two. Independent contributor Laura Boyes programmed this series, and yours truly introduces the Nov. 4 screening of The City of Lost Children. —Zack Smith

Price: $5, $3.50 for museum members

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