The Death of Salvador Dali Making History On Apple's iTunes Store

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The 2005 35mm short film “The Death of Salvador Dali” has won numerous awards, been screened around the world, and is among the first short films released for download exclusively on Apple's iTunes Store. Writer/Director Delaney Bishop teams with Composer Felix Brenner to present the first ever soundtrack and film released simultaneously on iTunes.

Apple's iPod and today’s cutting edge video technology is bringing major film stars directly to consumers in on-demand short films. You can now quickly download a short film and watch your favorite actors in superb sound and clarity. Shorts International has teamed with Apple and iTunes to bring hand picked short films to the fore of this great platform.

“The Death of Salvador Dali” brings the paranoiac, flamboyant Dali into the office and headspace of an unsuspecting Sigmund Freud. When the artist seeks Freud's assistance to inject madness into his art, tables are turned and student becomes teacher. Through a series of visits by Dali's friends, enemies, and muse, Freud is unwittingly subjected to chaos, deception, and guns.

The wonderfully sexy "Queen of Burlesque" Dita Von Teese plays Dali's whip wielding wife Gala. Husband Marilyn Manson was instrumental in convincing Dita to play the role. In an amazing stroke of luck, the perfectly cast Dali is played by his namesake, Salvador Benavides.

Delaney Bishop masterfully creates a time and place of beauty, art, and humor. He first wrote a feature length Dali script while attending NYU film school. It later turned into a short and won Best Screenplay at Hypefest LA. With a Panavision grant, Bishop converted his home into a studio and shot the film entirely on 35mm. The film has gone on to screen at dozens of international film festivals and has won awards for Best Female Performance at the Beverly Hills film festival and Best Cinematography at the Aarhus film festival in Denmark.

Felix Brenner's original soundtrack beautifully integrates Latin, Classical, and Electronic music to portray the wild and unpredictable Dali. There are romantic motifs with regal melodic passages rendered by piano, guitar, woodwinds and strings. Slightly edgy sections nicely match the films off-the-wall qualities. Brenner's compositions can be both sumptuous and moody, making for a great listening experience. The soundtrack CD features key dialogue excerpts from the film.

“The surprise hit of the Silver Lake film festival” Entertainment Today, April 2006 cover story.

“Simply Dazzling. One of the best shorts I’ve seen this year, or last for that matter.” Cathy Ross, SXSW festival coordinator.

In an interview in the next issue of “Salvador Dali Collectors Quarterly”, Bishop reveals the likelihood of a feature length Dali movie by creators of the short.

“The Death of Salvador Dali” appears on iTunes alongside shorts featuring John Cleese, Jon Stewart, Gretchen Mol and the Academy Award nominees of 2005.

“The Death of Salvador Dali” is available for download exclusively on iTunes for $1.99. Also, look for the ShortsTV iTunes video podcast to see interviews with the filmmakers and star, Salvador Benavides.

The Soundtrack is available for download on iTunes or on CD at

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