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Salvador Dali (Artists of the 20th Century)

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Born in Spain in 1904, Salvador Dali-­ was one of the 20th century's most controversial and celebrated artists. He is best known for his involvement in the surrealist movement due to such painting as The Persistance of Memory.

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  • Actors: DPM
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001L3LRW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,956 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By G. Henley on March 28, 2005
This has to be the worst artist DVD/VHS I've ever seen, whereas the Franz Kline vhs was choppy,short and lacking in detail this one is nothing more than grainy pictures of Dali's work shown against a plain background while a dull voice over tells you about each piece and it goes on like this through the WHOLE DVD! It almost looks like an high school video project for a final exam. There is no footage of the artist at work or his hometown or any other pictures or information just the repitition of each painting being shown and talked about briefly. SAVE YOUR MONEY even die hard Dali fans will be disapointed, this could be used as a teaching tool to novice painters and that is its only redeeming feature!
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First off, let me say that I know next to nothing about art. I would like to cultivate an appreciation for great artwork, but it certainly does not come naturally - especially when it comes to modern art. Dali, however, is a master I at least have some affinity with. Who doesn't know of the melting clocks? I have also seen the dream sequence he created for Hitchcock's film Spellbound in 1945. Plus, the guy was just plain weird, and that is something I know a little bit about myself.

This Artists of the 20th Century DVD looks solely at Dali's artwork. All you see throughout the 50 minutes of video is one piece after another. There is no biographical look at the man, no mention of his contributions to the world beyond his paintings, and certainly no commentary on his eccentric personality (or mustache). There is not even an adequate identification of Gala, his inspiration and muse, despite numerous references to her in his paintings. Thus, this DVD will not introduce you to Dali the man or Dali the artist - it only looks at selected pieces of the art work of the maestro.

Dali's artwork is obviously impressive, and I was surprised by the variety of his work and styles. The narrator offers insight into some paintings - others, you just look and advance. I don't understand a lot of Dali's work, nor can I see some of the things the narrator tells me are in his more abstract pieces. The melting clocks and other surrealist images appeal to me. Dark works such as Visage of War speak volumes to the human observer, and the disappearing bust of Voltaire paintings are also striking. I was most impressed by the small sample of classical pieces Dali painted, however - largely because I did not know he ever produced such works.
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What I liked most about this video was its focused presentation. The narration focused upon several different paitings and gave a little background on each and incorporated relevant bio in an interesting manner.. It was nice to see a presentation that did not have breakaways to allow several art critics to speak. I like having the info carefully researched to include the critics' observations and then to see them listed in the credits (instead of being focused upon as much as the work they are discussing). This DVD was excellent in the approach that any art lover could appreciate. I highly recommend it for any arti lover and especially anyone wanting more info on Dali.
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Very disappointed in the content. Since I have to the Daly Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, I expected to see more of the wonderful, exciting art that exhibited at the museum.
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Born in Spain in 1904, Salvador Dali was one of the 20th centuries most controversial and celebrated artists. He is best known for his involvement in the surrealist movement due to such painting as The Persistance of Memory, although the leaders of the movement later denounced Dali as overly commercial. After the 1940s, he painted in a more classical style, filling his art with religious and scientific imagery. Famous for his outrageous personality, Dali was not limited to one media; he worked in oils, watercolors, drawings, graphics, sculptures, and jewelry. He produced films, illustrated and wrote many books, and created theatrical sets and costumes. Dali­ was practically a one-man artistic movement. His unique and mystifying genius brought him international fame and popularity and he is the only artist in history to have two separate museums dedicated exclusively to his works erected during his lifetime: The Salvador Dali Museum in Florida and Theatre Museo Dali in Spain. Accompanied by spectacular images of his greatest work.
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