Dali Dimension: Decoding the Mind of a Genius
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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.Read more ›
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
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.Read more ›
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If you love Dalí, you'll love this! Real footage of him along with pictures and information you didn't know. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Clarissa
It is well put together short bio of Dali. It is interesting to see short pieces where he actually speaks the English language but with a very heavy accent.Published 16 months ago by Ray
This DVD was a perfect gift for a friend. I tried to purchase this from the Dali website first and found it impossible. Read morePublished on June 20, 2014 by just one opinion
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 morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Suzanna M. Marlow
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 on June 16, 2013 by Denise Havlan
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
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 morePublished on March 27, 2011 by the smart guy
This DVD discusses the art of Dali and the sources of his nspiration, such as psychoanalysis, relativity theory, DNA, mathematics and nuclear physics. Read morePublished on June 15, 2010 by James D. Crabtree