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Filming Salvador Dalí and Raquel Welch
Albert Maysles Film-maker
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A major film production company called upon us to make a little film of Salvador Dalí because he was some sort of contributor to a big Hollywood film that they were trying to promote. A film... I think it was called Fantastic Journey. A good deal of the film took place inside the human body. And so we filmed Salvador Dalí in his hotel room at the St Regis Hotel in New York. And it's kind of a funny film because Salvador Dalí is so strange. And I think one of the people in the film... I think, because otherwise I don't know why she would find herself with Salvador Dalí... one of the most famous models and most beautiful women, Raquel Welch, in a bathing suit or something of that sort. She's in the film. And that's quite a... quite a little added attraction.

[Q] What's she doing in it?

I think she's posing for Salvador Dalí. You had to see a touch of that film to get some of his quirkiness.

Albert Maysles (1926-2015) known for his important documentaries on Muhammad Ali, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles, pioneered the documentary style known as Direct Cinema. He helped create techniques still widely used in modern documentary production, as well as many of the techniques used in reality TV.

Listeners: Rebekah Maysles Sara Maysles Tamara Tracz

Rebekah Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is an artist living between New York and Philadelphia. She has her own line of clothing, Blackberryrose, and co-runs the store Sodafine in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, a vintage and handmade store that sells clothing, books and other products made by artists.

Sara Maysles, daughter of Albert Maysles, is currently doing her BA in East Asian Studies at Columbia University, and working as an Archivist of the photographs and photographic material at Maysles Films Inc., Albert‚s film production company. She spent ten months out of two years working with Tibetan refugees at a center in Nepal, and continues to travel back and forth between America and Asia.

Tamara Tracz is a writer and filmmaker based in London.

Tags: Hollywood, Fantastic Journey, New York, Salvador Dalí, Raquel Welch

Duration: 1 minute, 35 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008