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“Daaaaal!” “, Quentin Dupierre’s Cinematic Inventions Worthy of a Surrealist Artist

Warning: with Yes!, We are not dealing with a biographical film here. The desire to perfect the secret or not the knowledge of the life of Salvador Dali (1904-1989) threatens the audience with serious disappointment, but those who want to get into the character’s head – heads – must be in heaven. Because everything in this film is fake: Dali pushing his wife in a wheelchair (rather the opposite could have happened, the artist was still unresponsive when Gala died in 1982), in his workshop in Portligat, Catalonia, which has been recreated. in a small Spanish village near Llafranc by production designer Joanne Le Borough.

However, the Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation, which is extremely selective about using the name of its creator, agreed to the script (even its representatives say that they are impatient to see Quentin Dupierre’s film), and they were right, because even. If that’s not true, it’s a good idea! Starting with the choice of several actors to play the same character: Dalí was so versatile that one almost wonders if five actors are enough to show all aspects of this brilliant histrionics.

We see little or nothing of the master’s paintings, except for one fake, by a village priest, and another that he painted outdoors with two poor models whom he tortured at will… but the scenes themselves are the cinematic equivalent of the same. Like when, during a telephone conversation – a lot and often funny – the artist has trouble hearing the interlocutor because of the hail of dogs, maybe a nod to the English pronunciation (but the cats are missing) “It’s raining cats and dogs!” » Indeed, we see a pile of these poor animals falling noisily on the other side of the window. This bias is an elegant and subtle way for the director to adapt to another challenge, the Dalí film director: Quentin Dupier not only encountered the dream world of the paintings of Catalonia, but also in two parts of the bravery performed by Luis Buñuel. , Andalusian dog (1929), which followed Golden age (1930), it was largely abused by Buñuel.

Modern and reactionary

Not forgetting the aborted projects in the United States (the failed attempt with the Marx Brothers, collaboration, 1945 Dr. Edwardes HouseBy Alfred Hitchcock, another one fate, an unfinished short film for Walt Disney that was finally released in 2003) and a half-dozen documentaries featuring him, more or less cheeky, depending on whether or not they were authored by Philip Halsman (which allows Dalí to pass as a pioneer of video art). Jack Bond, Andy Warhol or Jean-Christophe Avert. With special mention for his role in the now famous chocolate ad…

Source: Le Monde

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