We celebrate Dali’s birthday all through the month of May with Dali’s film projects.
Un Chien Andalou: Fledging director Luis Buñuel and painter Salvador Dalí create this ultimate surrealist film, which is essentially a barrage of striking and irrational images designed to shock and provoke. During the course of the film, we witness a close-up of a woman's eye being slashed open with a razor; a man dragging a piano, two bishops, and a pair of rotting asses across a room; ants swarming around a hole in a man's palm; and sundry severed limbs and gratuitous slayings. Though this was originally a silent film, Buñuel later added a recorded score consisting of Liebestod from Wagner's opera Tristan und Isolde and a number of popular tangos of the time. (Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dalí; 1929, 17 min., VHS)
Le Pink Grapefruit: This striking half-hour film documents the visit of the Dalí Museum founders—A. Reynolds Morse and Eleanor Morse—with the artist in Figueres and Port Lligat just after he opened his museum, the Teatro Museu Dalí. An intimate, revealing look at the artist in his homeland. (Lawrence Halprin, 1976, 27 min., DVD)
Cost: Free to all.