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|Writer:||Philippa Goslett||Original Format:||HD|
|Dir. of Photography:||Adam Suschitzky||Print Source:||Met Film|
|Producer:||Carlo Dusi, Jonny Persey, Jaume Vilalta|
|Cast:||Javier Beltrán, Robert Pattinson, Matthew McNulty|
Love. Art. Betrayal... Little Ashes brings to life the long-hidden, highly controversial relationship between the young Salvador Dali and the doomed poet Federico Garcia Lorca.
Paul Morrison’s latest feature since 2003’s Wondrous Oblivion, provides us with a fascinating account of three of the leading artists of their time; Salvador Dali, Luis Bunuel and Garcia Lorca. Little Ashes follows a young Salvador Dali from his beginnings living in the Residencia de Estudiantes, leading to his dynamic relationship with poet Federico Lorca and their increasing infatuation with each other. The shots of the picturesque landscapes of Spain alone makes Little Ashes an unmisable spectacle.
Set across a timeframe that spans the roots of fascism to the beginning of General Franco's dictatorship, Little Ashes depicts love in a time where homosexuality was deemed immoral- a point particularly reinforced by Matthew McNulty's portrayal of surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel, a man notorious for his contempt regarding the matter.
While it is a far cry from his role in the Harry Potter franchise, Robert Pattinson brings Dalí to the screen with precisely the irreverent and eccentric personality you would expect from one of the creators of Spain’s avant-garde movement. It is however newcomer Javier Beltran who steals the show as García Lorca whose pain and longing is thoroughly portrayed and always felt, but never overplayed.
The interpretation of the long rumoured relationship between Dali and Lorca has already caused controversy among historians, with Dali having previously claimed to have rejected Lorca’s advances. Little Ashes was shot for £1.4 million in budget principally in Barcelona, and arises discussion as to the nature of the relationships the three men formed despite remaining a poetic and stunning interpretation.
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