Age Of Gold: Dali, Bunuel, Artaud: Surrealist Cinema

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Surrealist cinema, as epitomised by Salvador DalÌ and Luis BuÒuelís Un Chien Andalou and LíAge díOr, was a knife through the very heart of the establishment; a scorpionic, scatological black joke galvanized by the irrational, the uncanny, and the spectre of de Sade.

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The Age Of Gold revisits these two seminal films, the process of collaborative psychic automatism which led to their creation, and the scandal caused by their themes and images of sex, mutilation, sadism, murder and excremental mania.

The Age Of Gold also documents the experimental cinematic theories of Antonin Artaud, founder of the revolutionary Theatre of Cruelty, and the filming of his Surrealist scenario The Seashell And The Clergyman; traces the precursors and parallels of Surrealist cinema in avant-garde and Dadaist film ñ including the work of Hans Richter, Jean Cocteau, Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray ñ and notes the filmic legacy of the movement in subsequent decades.

The Age Of Gold is illustrated by a host of striking images, and clearly shows how Surrealist film finally erupted from the throes of experimental cinema as well as from the art, texts and manifestos of the Surrealist Movement itself.

This new expanded edition includes a brand new chapter on DalÌ and film.

'The age of gold is an infinite conflagration.' ñGeorges Bataille

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Author Robert Short
Publisher Taylor Publications
Page Count 200pp
Publication Size 8" x 8.5"
Publication Notes Softcover, b/w
Publication Date March 12, 2008
ISBN 978-0979984709

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