Work / Film

Spellbound – The Dream Sequence designed by Dali

I saw this surreal sequence showing the analysis of a dream for the first time a couple of years ago at the Dali & Film exhibition at the Tate Modern. It made me stop my steady circuit of the show and watch it two or three times on a loop. The film was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by David O. Selznick who hired Dali to do all the paintings, sketches and set design. The most outstanding of which is the curtain of eyeballs, which is cut (in the film) by a man with a huge pair of scissors. This two and a half minutes of film showcases Dali’s ability to visualize a dream and cleverly morph one object or incoherent scene into the next.