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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)
  • Studio: MUSIC VIDEO DIST.
  • 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: #56,135 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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This is the best art film I have ever seen.
D. Zaremba
The Dali Dimension makes you appreciate the artist's work, reaching far past Dali's technical skill.
P. Ortega
This covers Dali's more scientific interests as well as the science in his art.
Suzanna M. Marlow

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Peter B. Lucas on August 11, 2008
REVIEW OF THE DALI DIMENSION

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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alex J. Rosenberg on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Chimera on 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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