I saw a film last night called Little Ashes. It’s a tiny film based on the young lives of Federico Garcia Lorca, Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali when they attended school together in Madrid. The film explores Lorca and Dali’s changing relationship, the political climate in Spain during the 1920s and Dali’s rise among Surrealists. What makes this interesting is that current teen heartthrob, Robert Pattinson, plays the role of Dali.
I’ll be the first to admit, I was initially only interested in the film because he was in it. I’ve seen Twilight, which is an abomination (it’s like a car accident that you just CANNOT stop watching) and I was intrigued to see what Pattinson could do with an eccentric exhibitionist such as Dali. I came out of the theater liking it and when I thought about it this morning, I liked it even more. There was a lot of change happening in Spain during Dali’s formative years – and to put it all into a two hour film is pretty impressive. I know very little, save for what I’ve read, or the few Buñuel films I’ve watched but I found myself wanting to know much more about these men and their contributions to the art world. Filmed on location in Spain, it is simply beautiful.
What I think will be interesting is how Pattinson’s Twlight fame influences the distribution of the film. I’ve come across a few articles asking fans to call their local theaters to screen the movie. Will they be upset to find their dear Edward Cullen on a rooftop, half naked with another man? Or will they embrace Pattinson as an actor without altering their obsession? How do you remove yourself from a film franchise that brands you so completely? If Little Ashes does play to a wider audience, I think it will be very interesting to see how Edward fans react. Either way, Pattinson is legit in my book. And the film – I’ll see it again when I get the chance.