DALILAND. In the halls
Is it possible that the artist is closest to reaching the idea of an existence-masterpiece in the name of art and nonconformitythe liveliest creator of events of the twentieth century was also a fragile, insecure man, dominated by the fear of pain and disease, totally dependent on his wife Galatogether muse / nurse / sentimental administrator?
Difficult to think that the friend-rival of Pablo Picasso, adorer of luxury, greedy for young energy, singer of free sexbizarre like his mises and his upturned mustache with which one could paint, was terrified of loneliness and repeatedly attracted by the idea of an artist's suicide. The merit of Daliland to tell us too the lesser-known aspects, the more lateral and obscure side of the genius that he created with Luis Buuel An Andalusian dog And L'ge d'or and participated together with Hitchcock in the construction of nightmares Of I will save you. All this is enough to define the extravagant and polyform personality of Salvador Dal, the Marquis of Pubol with a walking stick, domestic ocelot and a style of painting that from surrealism and symbolism comes to dadaism through the bewildered memory of the Renaissance?
According to 70-year-old Canadian filmmaker Mary Harron (American Psycho), from the state the prototype of the transgressive and caressing artist. Her excesses responded to a concept of beauty which, having tamed the youthful crowds, was exalted in the search for the absolute, ending up impoverishing itself in a colorless old age, when with Gala's death the will to live and amaze was gone and the great dream turned out to be unattainable. We therefore follow the life of Dal the great Catalan from Figueres through the eyes of an aide-de-camp, the aspiring gallery owner James (Christopher Briney) who, in the New York of the avant-garde, in the middle of 1974enters the circle of Daliland with women and men of culture, drugs and performances, in a stunning artistic / party / Dionysian laboratory, between the America of the intellect and freeloaders and the Spain of the sea and beaches.
Dal's most famous painting The persistence of memory. For his worldliness, the man was repeatedly accused of crypto-fascism. He made his way as an advertiser and copywriter. She died following a heart attack while listening to his favorite work of his: Tristan and Isolt by Wagner. The story-telling, melancholic biopic: in an alternation of temporal planes that deliver the character to Ezra Miller (as a boy) and to Ben Kingsley (in maturity), he recalls 1)Dal's complex, psychoanalytical relationship with Gala (the revived Barbara Sukowa and, as a young woman, Avital Lvova), real name Elena Ivanovna Diakonova, met in 1929 and married five years later, mother-wife savior and torturer; 2) the wild days of parties and furious arguments in the suite of the St. Regis Hotel in NY; 3) the summers in the house of Cadaqus frequented among others by the poet Paul Eluard, first husband of Gala. Dal said of her: I love Gala more than my mother, more than my father, more than Picasso and even more than money.
Their life was a match. He, Dal, the voyeur who made the young Amanda Lear (Andreja Pejic) famous. She, Gala, the hunter of muscular daffodils. Dal, however, wanted their graves close together so they could hold hands forever. Only the measure of Ben Kingsley allows the film not to expire in the sketch of manner: Sometimes very difficult to be Dal, says the painter lost in a depressive oasis that fully expresses the message of Daliland.
DALILAND by Mary Harron
(USA, 2022, duration 104')
Starring Ben Kingsley, Barbara Sukowa, Ezra Miller, Christopher Briney, Rupert Graves, Andreja Pejic
Rating: *** out of 5
In the halls
May 27, 2023 | 09:44
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