Week of March 31, 2004

Mar 31, 2004 at 4:00 am
L'Age d'or and Un Chien Andalou (unrated) Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali. Surrealist artists of the late 1920s and early '30s aimed to reimagine, to shock, even to offend. The collaborations between iconoclasts Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali produced unnerving, disruptive tangles of sex and religion, politics and bourgeois hypocrisy. From craggy cliffs to contemporary Rome to a lavish villa, the hour-long L'Age d'Or (The Golden Age) segues from scorpions to bandits, politicians to clerics, a cow in a bed to a woman passionately sucking a marble statue's toe, criminal orgies to deaths. The shorter (24 minutes) but equally elusive Un Chien Andalou (Andalusian Dog) presents, in Buñuel's words, another "passionate appeal to murder" through a disjointed chronology and associative images. The famous scene in which a razor slits a woman's eye embodies the metaphorical quality of the films best. They will assault ordinary vision while providing a memorable alternative cinematic experience with defiant commentary. Screens at 7 p.m. Friday, April 2, through Sunday, April 4, in the Moore Auditorium on the campus of Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood Avenue. Call 314-968-7487 for more information. (Diane Carson)