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Das Sublime und das Aas: Salvador Dalís Entwürfe einer Geschichte (vom Tod) des Kinos [The sublime and the carrion: Salvador Dalí's projects for a history of (the death of) the cinema]

Author(s): Stadelmaier, Philipp

Journal: Zeitschrift für Katalanistik
ISSN 0932-2221

Volume: 21;
Start page: 217;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Dalí | surrealism | desire | sublime | cinema | paranoia | burlesque | Hollywood | Marx Brothers | necrophilia

Salvador Dalí's film treatments have never been realized as films. They are therefore not only speaking about failed films, but indeed about failure itself: the frustration of a certain regard that symbolizes more than a look on impossible desires of a physical encounter with the visual experience. Based on this idea, the image of cinema reveals at once a formal autonomy and a sublime character. Its oscillation between mortification and (re)animation of the desired body also enlightens the double-sensed essence of Dalí's film projects: highly referential towards the history of cinema, they transform cinema into a non-cinematic museum, a text. Distant traces of the muse are, however, shining through, inspiring thus the resurrection of films that are at the same time already dead and not yet born.

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