Lecture: The Influence of Salvador Dalí

June 24, 2021 @ 6:00pm 7:00pm

The Influence of Salvador Dalí in “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul”

Join us on YouTube as guest speaker Marc Valdez explores The Influence of Salvador Dalí in “Breaking Bad” and Better Call Saul.”

In this lecture, Marc Valdez of Sacramento, California, describes how Salvador Dalí’s works influenced symbolic representations in these shows as well as the choice of filming locations for popular “Breaking Bad” episodes such as ‘Four Days Out’ and ‘Say My Name.’  Final Season 6 of “Better Call Saul” is filming now in Albuquerque, to be aired in 2022 with plenty more Dalinian influences on display.

Salvador Dalí’s extravagant style and creativity make him the perfect guiding spirit for two acclaimed television shows, “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul.”  Such guidance includes:

  • Origin of Walter White’s criminal alias, ‘Heisenberg’;
  • Use of the perfume Lily of the Valley as a poison;
  • Origin of commonly-used emblems such as the Golden Moth;
  • Camera angles for specific scenes, such as Chuck’s visit to the hospital;
  • Set design for a portion of the Superlab; and,
  • Use of specific props and costumes.

About Marc Valdez

Marc Valdez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is a graduate of West Mesa High School. After leaving Albuquerque in 1980, he obtained M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1987) degrees in Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and also held post-doctoral positions in Tempe, AZ (1988: Arizona State University) and Salt Lake City, UT (1989: University of Utah).  He volunteers with community musical theater and dance groups, and has been affiliated with Tucson Regional Ballet (1985-1988), Woodland Opera House (1997-2001), and Davis Musical Theatre Company (2000-2020). He has been writing about “Breaking Bad” and related subjects since 2010. 

Marc gave a version of this talk to the 42nd Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference held virtually on February 22, 2021.

Image: “Palace of the Winds” photographed by Marc Lacroix, 1988. Photo © Marc Lacroix; Image Rights of Salvador Dalí reserved. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Figueres, 2018