Monday, July 7, 2008

It's not necessarily germane to what it is we're trying to arrive at, but maybe it sort of is?

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So the MoMA has a major Salvador Dalí retrospective ongoing through September, in conjunction with which they'll be featuring several film programs probing the relationship of 20th Century Man Dalí's relationship to the century's dominant medium. Dalí Laughs, which runs from today through the 16th, is devoted to one of the Surrealist's great affections: silent comedy. He wrote, of the genre: "When monotony is reached, and when it is repeated, when you know what is going to happen, then you begin to feel the joy of unforeseen technical and expressive diversity."

Dalí loved Buster Keaton (so did Samuel Beckett, for what it's worth); tonight's screenings are his The General (with snippets of Dalí's home movies) and Sherlock Jr., still maybe the sprightliest movie ever made about movies and fantasy. The other Big Four — Chaplin, Lloyd, Langdon – are all featured in the series as well.


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