1942. USA. Archie Mayo. 94 min.
Monday, June 23, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1942. USA. Directed by Archie Mayo. Following his 1937 arrival in Hollywood and a string of unrealized film projects, Dalí was approached by director Fritz Lang to create a hallucinatory nightmare sequence illustrating the effects of alcohol and a guilty conscience. Like Dalí, Lang was familiar with Freudian theory, and he possessed a more somber, psychoanalytic worldview than most of his Hollywood counterparts. Dalí made numerous preparatory illustrations, each imbued with Surrealist nuances of metamorphosis, dislocation, and juxtaposition. Production on the film began just days before the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, an event that precipitated a shift away from Hollywood films with grim and sorrowful endings. Archie Mayo replaced Lang as director, and Dalí's designs were not used. The only nod to Dalí and Surrealism in the nightmare sequence is the disappearance of the seductress's head. Print courtesy Twentieth Century Fox. 94 min.