Alejandro Jodorowsky was born in 1929 in Tocopilla, a coastal town on the edge of the Chilean desert where this film was shot. It was there that Jodorowsky underwent an unhappy and ... See full summary »
Won't teach you anything new about Dali, but fun enough for fans
"Salvador Dali" didn't teach me anything new about Salvador Dali. Having read several biographies on the man (including his own autobiography), I realized this film hardly even skims the surface. Art majors looking for sources for their final paper should look elsewhere (this coupled with the rarity of the documentary itself will make it a poor choice).
However, as a piece of late 60s European kitsch come a little too late, "Salvador Dali" is considerably entertaining. The director of the film adds his own touches of surrealism, which come across as silly and pretentious but reasonably fun to watch. Dali himself knows little English, but his elegance on camera more than compensates for the awkwardness of his speaking. The great Orson Welles narrates the project, and just about anything with Welles is worth watching. He was one of the coolest guys ever, and even in the lowest of low-grade schlock ("Necromancy"), he comes across as upholding dignity. Its unsurprising he was in high demand as a voice actor, as his voice is easily identifiable and unique. "Salvador Dali" isn't really a biography on the man, but a portrait drenched in the excess of the time. Its fun for die-hard fans. (6/10)
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