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I sat through a projection of 'Upper Mongolia' recently at a LACMA show about Dali and film. It falls very late in relation to most of his involvement with the medium, which peaked nearly 40 years earlier. Soon after this movie was made, Dali went into a seclusion that was essentially permanent.
He relates an elaborate yarn about a search for giant hallucinogenic mushrooms. There are some interminable digressions, but in the end it is for me an undeniably brilliant and funny movie.
It's also thought by some that the genesis for Warhol's 'piss-paintings' came from this film.
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