The film is filmed in a Surrealist fashion. It lasts for 63 minutes and is in black and white.
The film was financed to the tune of a million francs by the nobleman Vicomte de Noailles, who commissioned a film every year for his wife's birthday. When it was first released, there was a storm of protest. A riot broke out at the Paris premier in 1930. A group of incensed members of the League of Patriots and the Anti-Semitic League threw ink at the screen, assaulted members of the audience and destroyed art work by Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst and others on display in the foyer. It was subsequently banned for nearly 50 years.
The Main theme of the movie: A man and a woman are passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate their passion are constantly thwarted, by their families, by the Church and bourgeois society in general.
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