Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, Jan 19, 2012
7:30pm
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CURSE AND KINK: A LUIS BUÑUEL RETROSPECTIVE
Double Feature!
L'AGE D'OR / THE YOUNG AND THE DAMNED
Co-presented by the Luis Buñuel Film Institute

Double feature to be preceded by: “Un Chien Andalou,”1929, Transflux Films, 16 min. Director Luis Buñuel collaborated with artist Salvador Dalí for this groundbreaking short film, a resounding war-cry of Surrealism, which bleeds its arresting images (a slit eyeball, an ant-infested hand) into one dream-like tableau.

L’AGE D’OR
1930, Kino International, 60 min, France, Dir: Luis Buñuel

Wonderfully bizarre and spun together with the allusive dictates of dream logic, the second collaboration between Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí is a series of gleefully irreverent vignettes, the most sustained of which centers on Gaston Modot and Lya Lys, lovers attempting to consummate their passion but continuously stalled by some of Buñuel’s favorite fixations - the church and the bourgeoisie! Featuring an infamous sequence in which Lys fellates the toe of a religious statue, L’AGE D’OR was banned from distribution for nearly 50 years after its initial release in 1930. With Surrealism co-founder Max Ernst. In French with English subtitles.


THE YOUNG AND THE DAMNED
LOS OLVIDADOS
1950, Kino International, 85 min, Mexico, Dir: Luis Buñuel

Having directed only a handful of for-hire Mexican films in the multiple-decade interim since L’AGE D’OR and LAND WITHOUT BREAD, Spanish refugee Luis Buñuel’s 1950 return to iconoclastic form is this razor-sharp, no-holds-barred docudrama. Teenage delinquent Jaibo (Roberto Cobo), fresh out of a reformatory stint, returns to the savage streets of Mexico City to head up a gang of undesirables who beat up beggars, snatch purses and loiter. But Jaibo has an insatiable itch in violent need of scratching - to settle the score with the stool pigeon who put him away. “Sharp, swift and lethally compact, LOS OLVIDADOS is a celluloid switchblade swiped at the jugular of city living. A ferocious masterpiece... There isn’t a single good shot in LOS OLVIDADOS. They're all perfect.” - Nathan Lee, New York Sun “A MASTERWORK!” - Pauline Kael. In Spanish with English subtitles.


Screening formats: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Thu, Jan 19, 2012 • 7:30pm
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