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June 18, 2019:

The Trial of Dali reviewed by Rob Stevens

A Polish troupe of actors from Australia come to Hollywood to perform a play written by a Los Angeles based playwright about the legal problems faced by artist Salvador Dali on his return to Franco’s Spain in 1948. That’s not the beginning of a surrealist joke. It’s The Trial of Dali at The Complex. There are some Dali-esque images shown on slides but the play and the man are so unfocused he is even missing his trademark mustache though it is often mentioned.

There are appearances by Marilyn Monroe and Andy Warhol although neither was really as well known in 1948 as the script makes them out to be. Or maybe it all really was just a surreal mix of fact and fantasy. It sure was a waste of 80 real minutes.


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