Javier Beltran

Little Ashes Movie With Robert Pattinson as Dali

 Robert Pattinson is Salvador Dali in Little Ashes

Robert Pattinson, the 107-years-old-but-still-virgin vampire from Twilight, is playing the lead role of Dali in Little Ashes an upcoming drama shedding light on the closet relationship the famous surrealist painter may had have with his male friends. The film is directed by Paul Morrison and is starring Javier Beltran, Matthew McNulty, Marina Gatell and Arly Jover Little Ashes should be released in Spring 2009, no official date yet.

Here below two clips of the Little Ashes movie:

“In 1922, Madrid is wavering on the edge of change as traditional values are challenged by the dangerous new influences of Jazz, Freud and the avant-garde. Salvador Dali arrives at the university; 18 years old and determined to become a great artist. His bizarre blend of shyness and rampant exhibitionism attracts the attention of two of the university’s social elite – Federico Garcia Lorca and Luis Bunel. Salvador is absorbed into their decadent group and for a time Salvador, Luis and Federico become a formidable trio, the most ultra-modern group in Madrid. However as time passes, Salvador feels and increasingly strong pull towards the charismatic Federico – who is himself oblivious of the attentions he is getting from his beautiful writer friends, Margarita. Finaly, in the face of his friends’ preoccupations – and Federico’s growing renown as a poet – Luis sets off for Paris in search of his own artistic success. Federico and Salvador spend the holiday in the sea-side town of Cadaques. Both the idyllic surroundings and the warmth of the Dali family sweep Federico off his feet. Salvador and he draw closer, sharing their deepest beliefs, inspirations and secrets, convinced that they have found a kind of friendship undreamt of by others. It is more that a meeting of the minds; it is a fusion of souls. And then one night, in the phosphorescent water, it becomes something else…” (Source: IMDb)

There are two interesting quotes related to this movie that are worth a read. The first is from Dali denying ever entering a relationship with his friend Lorca:

“He was homosexual, as everyone knows, and madly in love with me…He tried to screw me twice… I was extremely annoyed, because I wasn’t homosexual, and I wasn’t interested in giving in. Besides, it hurts. So nothing came of it.”

Salvador Dali

And the second quote is from Scriptwriter Philippa Goslett justifying her decision to depict the affair between Lorca and Dali as fact:

Having done a huge amount of research, it’s clear something happened, no question… When you look at the letters it’s clear something more was going on there….It began as a friendship, became more intimate and moved to a physical level but Dalí found it difficult and couldn’t carry on. He said they tried to have sex but it hurt, so they couldn’t consummate the relationship.

Philippa Goslett
(Scriptwriter of Little Ashes)

If Dali was stopped only because he was afraid to hurt, I hope he learned about lube eventually… Can be useful for straight relations too actually!

By the way the movie takes its title from Salvador Dali’s 1927-28 painting Cenicitas (Little Ashes). It was originally called The Birth of Venus, before being changed to Sterile Efforts and then finally Cencita:

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Cenicitas (Little Ashes) by Dali in 1927-1928

Maybe the relation between Edward and Jacob in twilight was of the hurting kind too before Bella came in? Joking. Robert Pattinson’s performance in Little Ashes shows that this actor is more than the only product of twilight: he was talented before the romantic vampire film and probably has a long movie career ahead of him. Don’t forget about the movie Little Ashes when it’s released!