Festival lifts its gaze to consider Dali's influence on film
By Joyce Xu
The major creative forces behind the Golden GobThe relationship between movies and the surrealist works of Spanish artist Salvador Dali was highlighted at an event called "Lucid Dreams - Salvador Dali's Influence on Film" yesterday at Rockbund during the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival.
Highlighted at an event called "Lucid Dreams - Salvador Dali's Influence on Film" yesterday at Rockbund during the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival. Pic by CFP
Among the installations and prints of Dali's representative painting works was a giant print of the captivating work "The Madonna of Port Lligat." The painting offers a modern surrealist interpretation of past works from the Renaissance and shows the artist's superb imagination and a passion for creating fantastic things like a dream.
Experts noted that the striking and bizarre images in Dali's surrealist paintings have a delicate connection with film.
Cui Baozhong, president of VIA Paris, said the artist managed to find a balance between two kinds of art, painting and film.
"His surrealist works inspire people to explore the real world and the true self, and pay attention to every single detail of life," Cui added.
When he was young, Dali was intensely interested in film. He was part of an era when silent films were being viewed and drawing about the medium of film became popular.
In 1928, he co-created a classic, revolutionary short film "Un Chien Andalou" with Luis Bunuel. The film and its dreamlike images are what Dali is known for in the independent film world. The second film he produced with Bunuel was entitled "L'Age d'Or."
Dali also worked with celebrated British director Alfred Hitchcock who invited him to create the dream sequence for the film "Spellbound." He also worked with Walt Disney on the short film production "Destino." In the film, Dali's artworks interact with Disney's animated characters.
Chen Junjun, founder of Somersault Cloud Film and an organizer of the Dali exhibition, said the company had long been interested in Dali's achievements and contribution to cinema. In the near future, it is considering doing a series of film productions about Dali's art.
Experts noted that the striking and bizarre images in Dali's surrealist paintings have a delicate connection with film. Pic by CFP