Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
France, 1930. Vicomte de Noailles. Scenario by Luis Bunuel, Salvador Dalí, based on the novel by Marquis de Sade. Cinematography by Albert Duverger. Produced by Le Vicomte de Noailles. Music by Luis Bunuel, Georges Van Parys. Production Design by Alexandre Trauner. Film Editing by Luis Bunuel.
This fascinating early work by the brilliant Luis Bunuel is a trippy voyage into surrealism. Made in collaboration with offbeat painter Salvador Dali (with whom he also made the classic short Un Chien Andalou), the formless plot revolves around a much-enamoured couple whose attempts at making love to each other are constantly thwarted by various bourgeois conventions. Not that the roadblocks are conventional, mind you; one of them is a giant cow who just happens to be lying on their bed. Deliciously odd visuals and superb editing highlight this wonderful masterpiece from a director who had only just begun his magnificent oeuvre of classics.