ArtFlix is a film series that features art related documentaries and feature films.
The documentary Elena Dimitrievna Diakonova – Gala is an overview of the life of Gala, Dalí’s wife and muse of Surrealism. The documentary portrays this controversial character from her birth in Kazan (Russia), through her stays in Switzerland, Paris and Cadaqués, where she met the young Dalí, down to her death in 1982. We are given an insight into her personality through writings of her own and others by her friend Anastasia Tsvetaieva and her two husbands: first Paul Éluard, and later Salvador Dalí. There are also a number of interviews with people who knew her. Their testimonies help to outline the character of Gala, who was never a matter of indifference for anyone.
In the words of director Silvia Munt, Gala “was uncompromising, down-to-earth, cultured, a religious believer right up to her death, ambitious, profound, frivolous, esoteric, hedonistic, tough, passionate … It’s almost essential to know Gala if we are to understand the 20th century.”
Location: The Dalí Museum Theater
Unrated- parental guidance suggested