“Tell me about your dreams and I’ll tell you who you are.” This is one dream we certainly won’t forget, fresh from the unbridled imagination of the man who lent the film his talents as a surrealist painter – or rather, sold them if his anagrammatic nickname, Avida Dollars, is anything to go by – the one and only Salvador Dalí!
The impression we get is of a ballroom scene, endlessly repeated in an enigmatic interplay of mirrors. His hand placed firmly on her bare back, the man leads his partner (the marvellous Rita Hayworth) in a dizzying dance of death. They have played the game right to the bitter end, but it is almost midnight – the moment of truth is nigh! – and he holds her tight. Will he manage to see what exactly lays hidden on the other side of the mirror?
What is the strange bird fallen from the sky setting the night ablaze on this marvellous poster? The jagged teeth and killer stare suggest a shark bearing down on its prey in the midst of strange, phosphorescent creatures, dwellers of the ocean depths. But the action is all happening in the air: what looks like a sea anemone hatching is actually an explosion lighting up a starless sky.
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