Salvador Dalí’s incredible illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” (published in 1865) have caused it to become one of the rarest and most sought-after Dalí suites. This collaboration brings together arguably two of the most creative minds in Western culture, as both are considered ultimate explorers of dreams and imagination.
Someone was kind enough to post an HD file of “Desinto,” the animated short that Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and Walt Disney collaborated on for over eight months in 1945 and 1946.
Dreams designed by Dalí in Spellbound (1945). The dream sequence is full of psychoanalytic symbols—eyes, curtains, scissors, playing cards (some of them blank), a man with no face, a man falling off a building, a man hiding behind a chimney dropping a wheel, and wings. Spellbound caused major contention between Alfred Hitchcock and producer David O. Selznick.
Further contention was caused by the hiring Dalí to conceive certain scenes of mental delusion. Hitchcock himself had very little to do with the actual filming of the dream sequence. Selznick thought that it was not Dalí’s fault, for his work was much finer and much better for the purpose than he ever thought it would be, and although much of Dalí’s work was used, one dream sequence depicting Bergman turning into a statue of the Roman goddess Diana was cut.
Ingrid Bergman is quoted in the Hitchcock biography The Dark Side of Genius (1983) by Donald Spoto that the Dalí sequence ran for almost 20 minutes before it was cut by Selznick. The cut footage apparently no longer exists, although some production stills have survived in the Selznick archives. Eventually Selznick hired William Cameron Menzies, who had worked on Gone With the Wind, to oversee the set designs and to direct the sequence.