He’s still very much alive and still amusing and amazing his fans and admirers who are visiting the L.A. County Museum of Art’s “Dali — Painting & Film” show which should also add “and Television and Video.”
Dali demonstrates the breadth of his talents — and personality in all media. The show had its boffo bow Wednesday night and runs to Jan. 6, 2008. Don’t miss it.
Dali’s moustache-in-cheek paintings of Jack L. Warner and Laurence Olivier encourage careful scrutiny to dissect Dali’s impressions of the men and the biz. And to hear and see a close-up of Dali, the man and his mirth, visitors can don earphones and observe clips from Dali’s appearances and interviews on the Dick Cavett show in 1971 — when he arrived and thrust an aardvark on the lap of fellow guest Lillian Gish, or the way he lied his way through himself to the blindfolded panelists on his 1957 “What’s My Line?”
And to further illustrate Dali’s unique talents, large screens in the exhibit unveil Dali’s unique contribution to Alfred Hitchcock’s “Spellbound” dream sequence with Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman.
Museum-goers are also treated to the showing of “Destino,” the animated film originated by friend Walt Disney with Dali in 1945 when they met at a dinner party at Jack Warner’s house — but jettisoned because of Disney studio’s financial problems at the time. It was dramatically revived in 2001. One of the challenges in bringing “Destino” to the screen 57 years after its inception was to reassemble the hundreds of storyboard sketches created by Dali and John Hench — and is now going to DVD in 2008!
Other film treats at LACMA include footage with Luis Bunuel — who introduced Dali to movies, also screening with Philippe Halsman and Andy Warhol.
Also on hand this week to see the exhibit, Roy Disney Jr., Bill and Bob Marx, sons of Harpo and Gummo Marx respectively — Dali was an admirer of the Marx Brothers. Allow plenty of time to see, at close range (many paintings are very small) the generous galleries full of Dali’s works through the ages.
Among those who, I know, will be attending the Dali exhibit is writer-actor Allan Rich. He represented him at his gallery in N.Y. and was a close friend 1953-1973 — that’s when Rich’s acting career halted — he was on the black list.