Josh Frank - Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made — at Politics and Prose at Union Market
In the late 1930s, the great surrealist painter Salvador Dalí teamed up with the Marx Brothers, writing the script of a film to be called Giraffes on Horseback Salad. MGM rejected the project and the manuscript was believed to be lost. Then Frank, author of the Pixies oral history Fool the World, found it and, in a stroke of genius, teamed with comedian Tim Heidecker to recreate the film as a full-color graphic novel, a genre which allows perhaps more range to the original creators' fantastic absurdity than film would have. Through mind-bending patterns, wildly shifting color schemes, and flamboyant composition, the book follows the strange attraction of an ordinary businessman—to have been played by Harpo—to a siren known as the Surrealist Woman.
This event is part of P&P's Film Series at Union Market, along with David Thomson with Sleeping with Strangers, Mallory O'Meara with The Lady from the Black Lagoon, and Victoria Riskin with Fay Wray and Robert Riskin.
P&P is proud to partner with Angelika Pop-up to offer attendees the chance to win a night at the movies. At each Film Series event, you can enter a raffle for five movie passes to the Angelika with two large popcorns. You can enter the raffle once at each P&P Film Series event, so the more readings you attend, the better your chances!