Warped Celluloid

Spanish surrealist figureheads Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí were classic frienemies. After meeting in college, they went on to share a complicated relationship. Jealousy, adoration, respect, criticism and conflicting philosophies regarding their work’s role and message — especially surrounding its palatability to the wealthy social class — generated a lot of creative friction. Those tensions came to head, literally, when Buñuel throttled Dalí’s ladyfriend during a dinner party. That impulsive act of violence caused the pair to split ways during early stages of L’Âge d’Or, a film intended as a short collaborative work that ended up as neither. Buñuel finished the project on his own, and it showed. The screening sparked riots and after a particularly damning threat from the Roman Catholic Church, L’Âge d’Or was boxed up from public view until 1979. Buñuel’s trouble-starter gets its due when ArthouseFW airs the thing at 2 p.m. Friday at The Modern (3200 Darnell St.). Just to make it cooler, they’ll screen the work in 35-mm. Tickets cost $7. Get ’em at prekindle.com or at the door.
Fri., Feb. 21, 2 p.m., 2014
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Jamie Laughlin
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