90 Movies in 90 Days: L’Age d’Or (1930)

I’m kicking off 2023 by trying to watch and review one movie every day for the first 90 days, all of which will be 90 minutes or less.

Title: L’Age d’Or
Release Date: 29 November 1930
Director: Luis Buñuel
Production Company: Corinth Films

I have to admit, when the camera pans to the face of the statue when the woman … is doing what she’s doing, I thought it would smile like Otto in Airplane!

L’Age d’Or starts off as a documentary about scorpions, and once I got really interested, it shifts to … whatever it is.  This surrealist satire is a series of vignettes largely involving a man (Gaston Modot) and a woman (Lya Lys) desperately trying to have sex and repeatedly get interrupted.  The bourgeoisie and the Catholic clergy are implicated in suppressing their sexuality.

You could probably string together a plot from the scenes and image of this film, but you’d be missing the point.  Mostly this film serves to enrage right-wingers and succeeded at that goal.  It’s not as funny or as weird as Un Chien Andalou, but it has its moments.

Rating: ***

#FridayFictioneers – The Price of a Song


PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

Robbie found the bench on the riverfront. It was a replacement bench, but with fresh graffiti. Robbie chuckled.  “People still love that damn song.”

40 years earlier he wrote a song about a couple who share their love on a bench beneath the bridge until one day the girl doesn’t show.

Heartbreak.  That’s how to sell a pop song. The big star who bought Robbie’s song had a huge hit, but Robbie never got credit.

“Jokes on them,” he thought. In real life the girl appeared and they’re still together. The sale of the song paid for a lovely wedding.

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly photo prompt flash fiction challenge on Rochelle Wisoff-Fields’ Addicted to Purple blog.  See additional stories by other writers here!