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Salvador Dalí: 1977 Interview (02:49)


In this interview for Spanish TV, host Joaquin Soler Serrano talks with Spanish surrealist artist, Salvador Dalí who proclaims himself a metaphysical monarchist as opposed to a political monarchist. In "An Open Letter to Salvador Dalí," he praises himself, but as a pig.

Salvador Dalí: Conflict with His Father (03:21)

Dalí is known as an artist, but he is also a better writer according to his father. Dalí was estranged from his father who expelled him from the family after his expulsion from the Royal Academy of Art, until Gala orchestrated their reunion.

Salvador Dalí: Gala Dalí (03:12)

Dalí praises his wife, Gala, as liberator and catalyst as well as muse. He talks about marrying Gala twice. Dalí talks about the death of the last swan during a visit from ex-king of Italy, Umberto de Savoia.

Salvador Dalí: Hyper-Realism and Photography (04:13)

Dalí talks about his devotion to his wife, muse and model, Gala. The artist declares his art as hyper-realistic metaphysical style rather than surrealistic. Dalí credits the American hyper-realists who copy from photographs.

Salvador Dalí: Money and Art (02:29)

Dalí discusses the price of art and the mystical properties of gold. He gives all his wealth to Spain in his Theater and Museum in his home town of Figueres. Critics accuse Dalí of being hungry for dollars.

Salvador Dalí: Experience in New York (03:57)

Dalí tells his experience of creating surrealistic window designs for 5th Ave. stores in New York that sent him to jail and made him a hero for defending the right of integrity of his creations.

Salvador Dalí: The Moustache (04:51)

Dalí tells a story of Cocteau's response when they were asked what they would save if the Prado Museum burned. Dalí notes the origin of his unique moustache that he describes as antennas, and explains how his moustache wax from dates attracted "clean" flies.

Salvador Dalí: Optimistic Contrarian (03:06)

Dalí believes in existential progress, the sublime in all humans, the divine part of man. He tells of his mischievous youth and his surprising response to aggression from a taxi driver, giving good for bad.

Salvador Dalí: Friend Pablo Picasso (02:43)

Dalí recalls his sermon to Anarchists while balancing a loaf of bread on his head. Dalí claims the disputes with Pablo Picasso are made up by the press and cites the money Picasso gave him to go to America and their recent collaborative exhibit. Unlike Picasso, Dalí is apolitical.

Salvador Dalí: Favorite Artists (02:27)

Dalí claims his wife Gala is all the friend he needs. Of all the artists, Dalí admires most Velasquez, then Raphael and Vermeer. He has continued work despite bad health and has a full calendar of visits abroad.

Salvador Dalí: On Perfection and Paradise Lost (02:54)

Contrary to Dalí's Paris demonstrations of rapid artistic techniques, he works slowly and meticulously. He says he is a good oil painting cook. He claims to have intra-uterine memories, like Casanova, and confirmed by Freud.

Salvador Dalí: Religion and Collaboration with Bunuel (02:37)

Dalí talks about the atheism of his father and the association of religion with the feminine, but he is becoming more religious. Dalí discusses his collaboration with surrealist film director Luis Bunuel on the film "An Andalusian Dog."

Salvador Dalí: Prophecy in his Name (01:55)

Dalí attributes to Dr. Pujol the idea that Salvador's misbehavior resulted from his need to distinguish himself from an older brother with the same name who died, and the name Salvador indicates he is the saviour of not only Catalan art, but Spanish art and that of the world.

Salvador Dalí: Obsession with Death (02:09)

Dalí explains how he described his inter-uterine memories to Freud in London. As his Catholic faith grows, Dalí finds he is less obsessed with death. His first painting was a self-portrait of himself sick. He enjoyed the family attentions when he was ill.

Salvador Dalí: Dedication to His Museum (02:18)

Dalí was influenced by pointillism, futurism, cubism, surrealism, but the best of his work, he claims, is the most recent in the Dalí Museum, Dalí painting Gala reflected in a mirror, a stereoscopic painting representing the third dimension. He dedicates himself to the Museum.

Salvador Dalí: Recites a Catalan Poem (03:35)

Dalí recites a Catalan poem that impressed Ramon Gomez de la Serna who collaborated with Dalí on a book that remained unpublished at the death of the author.

Salvador Dalí: On Scientific Progress (03:53)

Dalí recalls his friendship with Federico Garcia Lorca and Lorca's paintings. He tells of a sermon comparing the blood of Christ with cheese making. Dalí favors the technological and scientific progress of the present to other eras, but laments the specialization of the sciences. He believes the Earth is the epitome of creation.

Salvador Dalí: Admiration for Joan Miró (03:07)

Dalí talks about Joan Miró and other Catalan artists he admires. Dalí claims hyper-realistic metaphysical art is supplanting surrealism. He is asked about his jewelry-making, most of which is in an American Foundation, but he hopes will return to Spain.

Credits: Salvador Dalí (00:32)

Credits: Salvador Dalí

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In this 1977 interview for Spanish television, host Joaquin Soler Serrano talks with Spanish surealist artist, Salavador Dali, who is known for his eccentric behavior as well as his striking and bizarre images. With anecdotes and humorous stories, Dali discusses conflicts with his father, his devotion to his wife Gala, his apolitical and spiritual beliefs, his inter-uterine memories, opinions of fellow artists, and construction of the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain. In Spanish.

Length: 57 minutes

Item#: BVL86463

ISBN: 978-1-60057-780-2

Copyright date: ©1977

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