GREATEST SECRET - DVD
BEHIND THE PAINTING THAT CHANGED SALVADOR DALI'S LIFE
A PAUL PERRY FILM
Item Number: dali001 - Price: $19.95
Recently released a documentary film about artist Salvador Dali and a painting he did in 1962 of the visions at Fatima. The painting changed his life and work and led him to return to Catholicism and greatly increase the amount of religious paintings he was creating. Called DALI'S GREATEST SECRET, the film has been an official selection at such film festivals as Madrid, Berlin and Nevada. It has also been shown at Fatima, Rome and the Vatican to great accolades.
SEARCH FOR IMMORTALITY WAS NO SECRET, BUT THE PAINTING WAS …
SALVADOR DALI WAS AT THE TOP OF HIS ARTISTIC FAME, yet had a fear he could not conquer: Death. He considered many ways to achieve immortality, including cloning, freezing and finally spirituality. Yet he was confused about his belief in God and religion.
"At this moment I do not yet have faith, and I fear I shall die without heaven."
Then he was given
a commission that changed his life; an offer to paint The Vision of Hell,
one of the famous visions seen by the shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal.
But how could Dali – an avowed atheist – keep the world from knowing he had returned to the Catholic religion?
But how would
he keep the world from knowing he had returned to church?
And why did many in the Catholic Church dislike Salvador Dali’s visionary masterpiece?
And why was this masterwork hidden beneath a nun’s bed for 30 years?
Dali's Greatest Secret is an untold story that changes our view of Salvador Dali and answers many mysteries in his work and personal life. Revealing, touching and puzzling, Dali's Greatest Secret takes us on the spiritual journey of history's greatest surrealist artist.
SALVADOR DALI WAS AT THE TOP OF HIS ARTISTIC FAME, yet had a fear he could not conquer: Death. Cloning may be the answer, he thought, until he found it would replicate only his body, not his memory. Thoughts of freezing his remains for revival later seemed experimental and left him cold. He thought of turning to religion but was confused about his belief in God and religion.
Then Dali was approached by John Haffert, the charismatic leader of a Catholic religious order with an offer to paint The Vision of Hell, one of the famous visions seen by the shepherd children at Fatima in 1917. Dali was only slightly interested until he had a secret meeting with Sister Lucia, the cloistered nun who saw the vision of Hell as a child. With that meeting Dali began to experience faith, and the escape from death he believed it promised.
Greatest Secret: The Story Behind the Painting That Changed Salvador Dali’s
Life” reveals the secret of renowned artist Salvador Dali’s Quest
for God and redemption and reveals the story behind the painting that changed
At the age of 55, Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali found himself trapped between Communist atheism and Roman Catholic belief in God. It is no surprise given that Salvador’s father was an atheist and his beloved mother, who died when he was 16, was a staunch Catholic. Dali felt spiritually trapped.
is to be found exactly in the center of the bosom of the man who has faith,”
he wrote in his autobiography, The Secret Life of Salvador Dali. “At
this moment I do not yet have faith, and I fear I shall die without heaven.”
Now, in 1959, all of that was about to change. Salvador Dali was asked by John Haffert, cofounder and director of The World Apostolate of Fatima (also known as The Blue Army) to paint a picture of the first part of the Fátima Secret, the Vision of Hell, as seen in 1917 by the child seers of Fatima.
Dali was commissioned to do was just a work for hire,” said the film’s
writer/director Paul Perry. “But it turned into much more than that
for Dali. By studying the Message of Fatima and description of the Apparitions
and Visions and spending time with world renown Fatima Scholars, and allegedly
meeting Sister Lucia — the only living Seer of 1917 — Dali converted
back to Catholicism,
the religion of his childhood.”
There was just one catch – he kept the conversion to himself. It was to become Dali’s Greatest Secret. Dalí’s Fatima Secret!
became more religious during this period,” said Nicolas Descharnes,
Dali expert, Associate Producer and – along with his father Robert –
the world’s leading authenticator of Dali’s art. “But he
hid it from the people in his inner circle. Only a special group of people
knew of Dali’s conversion and of his daily routine of Mass, prayers
As proof of Dali’s increased interest in religion, Descharnes points to a 400% increase in the amount of religious art created by the surrealist after he painted Vision of Hell in 1961.
“Dali did nothing in the usual way,” said Perry. “He was one of the greatest artists in the 20th century, and certainly one of its most unique. He was a constant seeker of truth in all arenas of life – mysticism, history, science, God – and he rediscovered God by accident through the Vision of Hell at Fatima. Dali’s devotion to Fatima and the Secrecy surrounding this painting and his own conversion is one of the great untold stories in art.
SAKKARA PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS A PAUL PERRY FILM • WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY PAUL PERRY • ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS CARLOS EVARISTO AND NICOLAS DESCHARNES • CINEMATOGRAPHY BY MARLIN DARRAH • EDITED BY ZACH PERKINS • HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS BY ROBERT DESCHARNES • NARRATED BY EDDIE EAGLE • ORIGINAL MUSIC BY JORDAN BALAGOT• ARCHIVAL RESEARCH FROM THE DOM MANUEL II FOUNDATION AND THE OUREANA FOUNDATION.
Item Number: dali001 - Price: $19.95
New York Times bestselling author Paul Perry is a knight in Portugal’s Order of Saint Michael of the Wing, the oldest order of knighthood on the Iberian Peninsula. He started his own production company in 2005 with the goal of making innovative documentary films that matter.
His films have aired internationally and include such topics as near-death experiences, visions and miracles, the childhood of Jesus in Egypt, a History Channel presentation on the pirates of Madagascar, and most recently, a biographical documentary about artist Salvador Dali.
Perry is the co-author of four New York Times bestsellers, including Evidence of the Afterlife, Closer to the Light, Transformed by the Light and Saved by the Light, which was made into a popular movie by Fox-TV.
His latest books, Glimpses of Eternity: Sharing a Loved One’s Passage from this Life to the Next, and Paranormal: My Life In Pursuit of the Afterlife, are the fourth and fifth books he has co-written with Dr. Raymond Moody, the founder of near death studies.
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