Frequent Small Meals presents
Film Love #64
THE GOLDEN AGE
The films of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí (Surrealist Classics part 2)
curated by Andy Ditzler
co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Lya Lys in Luis Buñuel’s L’Age D’Or (1930)
The Paris of the 1920s was home to one of the twentieth century’s most enduring and controversial art movements. So influential were the ideas and imagery of Surrealism that the very name of the movement has become a household word.
Developing alongside the golden age of silent cinema, Surrealism was profoundly affected by movies. While only a few Surrealists actually made films, their films constitute some of the most influential avant-garde works in the history of cinema.
Salvador Dalí’s and Luis Buñuel’s explosive Un Chien Andalou ranks with the most influential films ever made, and is one of the purest representations of Surrealism on screen. A sensation upon its Paris premiere in 1929, it has since inspired the imagery of countless filmmakers. In writing the script, Buñuel and Dalí used only images from their dreams, and resolved to eliminate all images that might possibly have a rational explanation. Yet because of the powerful visions of both artists, the film moves with a strange logic, a cinematic grace, and a peculiar mixture of humor and shock which was to mark Buñuel’s subsequent work.
Buñuel’s next film, L’Age D’Or, was his final collaboration with Dalí. Pairing a scabrous attack on bourgeois values with a celebration of mad, spontaneous love, it caused a scandal for its high-society producer and was banned. But it has since come to be regarded as a highlight of Surrealist film and a key work in Buñuel’s career. L’Age D’Or will be shown in a rare print deriving from the original 35mm fine grain positive from the Cinematheque Française.
Though considered a Dada film, the impish 1924 classic Entr’acte pointed the way to the subversions and experimentation of later Surrealism. It features cameos by such major figures of the 1920s Paris art world as Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Erik Satie.
René Clair, Entr’acte (co-written with Francis Picabia), 1924, 22 minutes screened in 16mm Luis Buñuel, Un Chien Andalou (co-written with Salvador Dalí), 1929, 16 minutes screened in 16mm Luis Buñuel, L’Age D’Or (co-written with Salvador Dalí), 1930, 60 minutes screened in 16mm
Luis Buñuel in Un Chien Andalou (1929)
Erik Satie and Francis Picabia in Entr’acte (1924)
THE GOLDEN AGE is a Film Love event. The Film Love series provides access to rare but important films, and seeks to increase awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. The series is curated and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006.
Also On This Day:
art regular gallery hours
1:00PM - 6:00PM Price: free
regular gallery hours
art Small Gallery opening: Neon Apocalypse
6:00PM - 8:00PM Price: free
The Plastic Aztecs present
opening reception Sat Nov 15th 1pm-8pm
on view through Sat Dec 6th
The Atlanta-based Plastic Aztecs (Andrea Sanders and Dorothy Stucki) invite you to glimpse a romanticized, futuristic post-apocalyptic world that plays with ideas surrounding 2012. An installation including fantasized sacred objects from the near future, viewed from the perspective of the super future.