The Golden Age Film Analysis

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L’Âge d’or (The Golden Age) was Luis Buñuel’s second film and was released in 1930. The patrons of this film were a French couple who got impressed by Buñuel’s first film: Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) (Sánchez Vidal , cited by Stone, 2013). The film has a critical reception, which censures the selfish of middle upper class. Corresponding, it is a surrealist film and focused upon inner and outer realities at the same time (Radall, 1976:4). I am going to analyze the sequence from the mid-way of the whole film, which was the scene of the party, and discuss technical concepts (mise-en-scène, cinematography and sound) used in this sequence. A particular scene shows Bunuel’s class conscious polemics is from 00:31:51 to 00:32:17, there are three farmers are shown riding a carriage and pass through the ballroom. At that moment, just a few of the guests simply step aside nonchalantly and keep their conversation. This sequence has taken a long shot for comparing typical social conventions of framers and…show more content…
Correspondingly, the technical application is also very important for this movie, especially uses of the non-diegetic sound. As Rashna Wadia(2008:26-27) state that owing to Bunuel adapts the contrapuntal sound, each non-diegetic sound is able to provide the viewer aural clues that enable the recognition the occasion; while a few uses of diegetic sound construct dialectical effects and it is a revolt against the notion of a stable diegesis and enhances the surrealist experience. Due to the high quality producing, this movie inspiring lots of people and are concerned by the right-wing demonstrators, this movie had been banned after 12 days it was published and was released until

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