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Dali Dimension: Decoding the Mind of a Genius
Dali Dimension Decoding the Mind of a Genius
Actor: Salvador Dalí
Director: Susi Marquès;Joan Ubeda;Eli Pons
Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, Documentary
NR     2008     1hr 15min

Multiple Award winning film delves into the psyche of the most important Surrealist artist who ever lived, Salvador Dali. Through a series of rare film clips and interviews with the artist, scientists (Einstein, Watson, Cr...  more »


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Actor: Salvador Dalí
Director: Susi Marquès;Joan Ubeda;Eli Pons
Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Educational, Documentary
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 08/05/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 15min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French, Spanish

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Movie Reviews

A Mind Expanding DVD
Peter B. Lucas | 08/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)


I am a thoughtful person with a deep interest in modern science. At the same time I love art, especially Dali's.

I often ask myself "What is this great artist trying to tell me? What possessed him to create these perplexing yet exhilarating images?"

I was elated to discover that this DVD "The Dali Dimension" definitively answers these questions that burn inside me. Its subtitle "Decoding the Mind of a Genius" told me exactly what this wonderful film actually did for me.

I learned that throughout his life Dali was caught up in the most advanced intellectual developments of his age. In the late 1920's and 1930's his passion to gain the higher understanding that I myself seek made him study psychoanalysis, the most revolutionary and liberating development of those decades.

As this DVD points out he even gained an audience with Sigmund Freud, the father and high priest of psychoanalysis. That Viennese genius recognized the artist as a quintessential Spaniard as well as a fanatic. Indeed Dali was a fanatic, as I hope I am, when it comes to the gaining of wisdom and tp immersing myself in the highest of high art!

By the 1940's, after the detonation of the atomic bomb, Dali transferred his intellectual allegiance from Freud to Einstein, Shroedinger, and Heisenberg. He came to see mathematics, nuclear and quantum physics as the gateways to our intellectual salvation -- with Dali himself as our artistic Savior.

What blew me away about "he Dali Dimension" was its showing exactly how Dali, one of the greatest modern artists, translated the most important scientific principles of our age into dazzlingly beautiful artistic images. Presenting painting after painting the film's expert narration introduced me to numerous geometric forms such as the tetrahedron which Dali had precisely depicted in order to uplift our intellects into the stratosphere of higher understanding.

I was especially struck by the narration here. This is provided by the film's star, Joseph Nuzzolo. His commentary is ultra accessible. It provides nothing less than oversight to the whole DVD, particularly to its dramatic nuances and keeps the film moving at a brisk and wonderfully compelling pace.

I found that another appealing aspect of the DVD is its using the artist himself as well as famous scientists such as James Watson, a friend of Dali's and co-discoverer of DNA, and preeminent art scholars like Dawn Ades, the world's leading academic expert on Dali, to help us understand and appreciate the dozens of paintings presented. Seeing so many Dali masterpieces at one time is in itself a transforming and uplifting experience.

I can only say that anyone who has an interest in Dali, modern art or 20th Century science --and even life-- owes it to him- or herself to watch this DVD. I have no doubt that if he'd live to see it, Dali himself would have loved "The Dali Dimension."

A compelling addition
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 09/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most people know Salvador Dali as the peculiarly mustached surrealist painter of drooping clocks. "The Dali Dimension: Decoding The Mind Of A Genius" is an award-winning investigatory documentary that, through a series of rare film clips and interviews with the artist himself, delves into Dali's interest in psychoanalysis, relativity theory, and mathematics. Ably narrated by Joseph Nuzzolo, "The Dali Dimension" is the collaborative effort of documentarians Joan Ubeda, Susi Marques and Eli Pons. Of special note is the never previously available footage of Dali feverishly working on a series of drawings, using ink spread and splashed with a large a large palette knife. Students of Dali's work will find "The Dali Dimension" both informed and informative. Superbly produced and featuring leading experts in the fields of science talking about their personal experiences with Salvador Dali as a man of science as well as an artist, "The Dali Dimension: Decoding The Mind Of A Genius" is a compelling addition to personal, professional, academic, and community library DVD documentary collections."
Overdue Accolades for an Art Genius
Alex J. Rosenberg | New York, NY, USA | 08/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is truly a remarkable film that reveals so much about the genius of Salvador Dali. It introduces us to concepts that composed the thinking and art of this remarkable man.

While he was well-read, his tremendous knowledge of science and the working of the human mind was mainly intuitive, allowing him to create work never before seen by his critics. It was the inability of his contemporary art critics and historians to comprehend the meaning and importance of Dali's art that led them, in self-defense, to consider him to be an irreverent fool or buffoon.

This important documentary should help establish Dali's true contribution to art history, as we can better recognize his genius today, than could his contemporary critics.

Dr. Alex Rosenberg
Salvador Dali Research Center"
A different side of the legend...
toddsend | Evansville, IN | 09/05/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This 50-odd minute documentary doesn't so much look at the life of this often misunderstood genius, but rather it looks closely at the Catalan painter's ties, affiliations, and inspirations from more scientific realms. Beyond being the most widely-recognized and famous of the surrealists, Dali's dalliances and friendships with leading scholars from all fields -- scientists, mathematicians, philosophers, and quantum physicists -- inspired his own art as he searched for common threads between all of life's subjects, both scholarly and literally. From DNA to the subconscious mind, Dali was simultaneously student, fan, and visual accompaniment/co-conspirator.

'The Dali Dimension' is a fine portrait of the man who continually re-invented his work as he learned, grew, and metamorphosed though his storied and eccentric life. Films of Dali, as well as interviews with those close to him show a portrait of an artist consumed by his vision and guided by science like possibly no other artist since Da Vinci.

I was initially exposed to Dali way back in my teens, and was instantly drawn into his otherworldly, fantastic dreamscapes, and the way he created worlds never before seen, and with so many hidden layers just waiting to be unpeeled and deciphered. I believe he was truly one of the great minds/souls of this (last) century, and his paintings are still magickal in most profound ways, to me."