Art and Movie Posters – I – Dali

Movie Poster design has always been inspired by Art and this series is to try and explore the connection.

One can never cease to amaze at the Genius of Dali. His visionary masterpirces put him in the league of greats like Da Vinci & Michelangelo.

(WARNING – Some of the content one scroll down is  NSFW)

1. The Fall Vs Dali’s Face of Mae West Which May Be Used as an Apartment

2. The Haunting in Connecticut Vs Superman Returns Vs Dali’s Christ of St John of the Cross

3. Silence of The Lambs Vs The Descent Vs Dali’s Female Bodies as a Skull painting Vs Dali-Halsman’s Salvador Dali In Voluptate Mors

I am quoting from From Posterwire (1,2) as it best explains the connections:

In the Silence of the Lambs image, the ambiguous skull on the moth is actually made up of seven naked female bodies. The image of the “skull orgy” originated in a portrait photograph by Philippe Halsman of Salvador Dali, entitled Salvador Dali In Voluptate Mors. (The photo itself was inspired by surrealist Dali’s gouache Female Bodies as a Skull painting. Dali later translated the same idea into his own live sculptures.) The Lambs one-sheet was created by the (now defunct) film ad agency Dazu, and the skull image idea was reportedly given to the agency by director Jonathan Demme specifically for use in the film’s poster artwork.

The Death Head Moth with skulls is used by Dali in his Collaboration with Luis Buñuel – Un chien andalou. The moth appears as a motif linking sex, death and sexual repression.

(Image Credits: IMP Awards, Posterwire and others)