In 1929, Dalí joined Spanish film director and university friend Luis Buñuel in Paris to create a film project that was so bizarre that it became legendary. This was the first film that set out to intentionally shock the viewers out of their mediocre minds.
Dalí composed the bulk of this film and his symbolism prevails. Students of Dalí's work will spot the many metaphors that are unique to Dalí in this film.
Today, we are accustomed to dream sequences in films and music videos that follow no clear logic and radically veered from narrative tradition with non-sequential scenes and a lack of plot. Plus, erotic scenes and nudity are the norm in today's films but in 1929 Catholic Paris, this film was a scandal.
It lead the way to inspire film makers like Alfred Hitchcock and the horror and thriller genres of popular movies.