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A Note on the Affair of the Surrealist Film L'Age D'Or
[London: Nancy Cunard,, 1931]. Single folio leaf folded once, printed in black. A few very faint marks, but essentially in fine condition. First and only edition of this enigmatic piece of passive-aggressive propaganda on the side of the avant-garde art against the violent outbreak of Right-wing outrage at the showing of Salvador Dali and Louis Bunuel's iconoclastic film L'Age D'Or in Paris on 3 December 1930. The fascist League of Patriots successfully pressured the Parisian police into censoring the film, and this pamphlet – written at Nancy Cunard's behest by the author and political writer Yvonne Kapp (pseud. Y. Cloud), whose first of four novels under that pseudonym "Nobody Asked You" was published in 1932, and who later became a member of the Communist party and biographer of Eleanor Marx – informs the public of this story of reactionary oppression, whilst also taking the opportunity to circumvent the censors by giving an in-depth synopsis of the ardently antiestablishment surrealist film. A pamphlet in French was published simultaneously. This document is important evidence of just what a cultural battleground Paris was in the years preceding those when it would become an actual one.
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