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Dali Dimension: Decoding the Mind of a Genius (2008)

Salvador Dali , Susi Marquès , Joan Ubeda  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Salvador Dali
  • Directors: Susi Marquès, Joan Ubeda, Eli Pons
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BWYT4E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,243 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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, Crick, Schrodinger)and Nobel Prize winners, The Dali Dimension explores the many inspirations, focusing on his vast knowledge of science of psychoanalysis, that resulted in Dali's unforgettable masterpieces. Narrated by Joe Nuzzolo.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mind Expanding DVD August 11, 2008

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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling addition September 5, 2008
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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overdue Accolades for an Art Genius August 17, 2008
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
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Dali for the Serious Dali Connoisseur August 6, 2008
The Dali Dimension: Decoding the Mind of a Genius

By Paul Chimera

One of the benefits of the passage of time, especially when it comes to as controversial and flamboyant a personality as Spanish Surrealist Master Salvador Dali, is that it allows us to gain perspective, jettison trivial side-show nonsense, and focus more appropriately on the serious body of work the artist has left behind.

If, therefore, you're looking for a lot of crazy, zany, performance-art antics from the madcap limp watchman of Surrealism, you're going to be a little disappointed. Refreshingly, this 75-minute documentary brilliantly shines a light on the more serious side of the Catalan painter, whose thoughts and creative expressions were deeply steeped in science.

Don't misunderstand, however. It would be impossible to have Salvador Dali the scientifically minded genius and painter, without also having Salvador Dali the eccentric showman. Each side of his personality fed the other, and what's that they say about the oh-so-fine line between madness and genius?

But The Dali Dimension: Decoding the Mind of a Genius is a long overdue treatment of Dali's career as it set out to harness, in a serious and inventive way, the various discoveries and phenomenon we've gained from the scientific community.

Personally, I think this is the best documentary ever made about Dali, and credit goes to filmmakers Joan Ubeda, Susi Marques, and Eli Pons, plus narrator Joseph Nuzzolo, president of The Salvador Dali Society, Inc. ([...] whose organization holds exclusive North American distribution rights to the film.

The video is heavy on classical music, making the presentation nearly as impressive on an auditory level as on a visual one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Dali DVD & Great Transaction!
This DVD was a perfect gift for a friend. I tried to purchase this from the Dali website first and found it impossible. Read more
Published 4 months ago by just one opinion
4.0 out of 5 stars Dali Dimension DVD
Of course, I like anything Dali and am anxious to add it to my collection as there is always something you've not seen in other DVDs and this is no exception. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Suzanna M. Marlow
5.0 out of 5 stars El Maestro
Never was anyone like Dali and there never will be again in many life times. Crazy but beautiful. Wish I could have met him.
Published 16 months ago by Denise Havlan
4.0 out of 5 stars Well executed review of Dali with new or refreshing ways to view him.
An insightful look at Dali's life including his later years as captured on video with details of his larger than life Dali Museum.
Published on October 21, 2011 by Luke
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short and inconsistent
It started off very good describing how Salvador Dali was influenced by science and psychoanalysis. Then about half way through it lost its focus. Read more
Published on March 27, 2011 by the smart guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly instructive
This DVD discusses the art of Dali and the sources of his nspiration, such as psychoanalysis, relativity theory, DNA, mathematics and nuclear physics. Read more
Published on June 15, 2010 by James D. Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
I have always been fascinated by Dali's nightmare worlds. I wasn't aware though of his interest in atomic age, physics, chemistry, science. Read more
Published on May 27, 2010 by konacoffee
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Video Around on Dali
I have seen all the movies about Dali and by Dali and this is the absolute best. This is the real key to this guy's genius. Read more
Published on March 20, 2010 by Joe Gilles
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for any Dali collector
This documentary will give you a new perspective on Dali.

Most people are probably unaware of Dali's interest in science. Read more
Published on November 19, 2009 by Art Person
5.0 out of 5 stars Dali and the HYPERCUBIC CONTINUUM......
This is utterly fantastic...I feel as though I have been waiting for a video like this for years, which in very clear terms and images reveals and explains the underlying... Read more
Published on May 17, 2009 by Patrick Mccormack
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