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Alastair Sooke reveals the life story and pervading influence of the surrealist artist, from his origins in turn-of-the-century Spain to his high jinks in 1970s New York.

Salvador Dali was art's greatest clown, but was he also one of its great geniuses? Journalist Alastair Sooke traces the life and work of the popular surrealist artist, travelling throughout Europe and America. From his origins in turn-of-the-century Spain, to his high jinx in New York in the 1970s, Sook reveals this artist's fascinating life story and explains the thinking behind and impact of his most famous works.

Talking to Dali fans from Mighty Boosh comedian Noel Fielding to contemporary artist Jeff Koons, Sooke reveals the pervading influence of Dali and his brand of surrealism. Featuring testimonies from film giant Alfred Hitchcock and excerpts from the film Dali made with Walt Disney, Destino, as well as looking at contemporary advertising, this programme shows how the hand of Dali has touched almost every aspect of popular culture.

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Fri 30 Sep 2011 00:10

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    Elios Therepia

  • Bonobo


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    El Coco

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    Do What You Want

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    Rino's Prayer

  • The Cinematic Orchestra

    Work It!

  • Susumu Yokota

    Wani Natte

  • The Malando Tango Orchestra


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    The Garden

  • Ralfe Band

    March of the Pams

  • Bonobo


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  • Nostalgia 77

    The Hope Suite (Part 1)

  • Coldcut & Hexstatic - Timber

  • A Small Good Thing

    El Mariaci Loco (The Siesta)

  • Radiohead

    Dollars and Cents

  • Madonna


  • The Symphony Orchestra of Rome

    The Dream

  • Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu

    Main Theme from 'Spellbound' Soundtrack

  • The Cinematic Orchestra


  • Bent

    Doo Doo

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    Coming in the Air Tonight

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    Morning Broadway

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    Broken Dreams

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Role Contributor
Presenter Alastair Sooke
Presenter Alastair Sooke
Producer Lucy Van Beek
Producer Louise Hooper
Producer Louise Hooper
Director Louise Hooper
Director Louise Hooper


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