Surrealist cinema, as epitomized by Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel's Un Chien Andalou and L'Age d'Or, was a knife through the heart of the establishment; a scorpionic, scatological black joke galvanized by the irrational, the uncanny, and the spectre of de Sade. The Age of Gold revisits these two seminal films, investigating the process of collaborative psychic automatism as well as the scandals and riots caused by their themes and images. Also examined are the experimental cinematic theories of Antonin Artaud and the precursors and parallels of Surrealist cinema in avant-garde and Dadaist film, including the works of Hans Richter, Marcel Duchamp, and Man Ray.


Illustrated with striking images, The Age of Gold clearly demonstrates how Surrealist film finally erupted from the throes of experimental cinema, the art, texts and manifestos of the Surrealist Movement. This new, expanded Solar edition includes a new illustrated chapter on Salvador Dali and cinema.

The Age of Gold: Surrealist Cinema - Dali, Bunuel, Artaud

  • Solar Books 2008

    New paperback

    200 pages