Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made

Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made

Josh Frank / Sep 16, 2019

Giraffes on Horseback Salad Salvador Dali the Marx Brothers and the Strangest Movie Never Made Surrealism meets Hollywood meets film history in this graphic novel which turns an unproduced script by Salvador Dali into a fantastic comedy starring Groucho Chico and Harpo Marx Grab some popcorn

  • Title: Giraffes on Horseback Salad: Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made
  • Author: Josh Frank
  • ISBN: 159474923X
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Surrealism meets Hollywood meets film history in this graphic novel, which turns an unproduced script by Salvador Dali into a fantastic comedy starring Groucho, Chico, and Harpo Marx Grab some popcorn and take a seatThe curtain is about to rise on a film like no other But first, the real life backstory Giraffes on Horseback Salad was a Marx Brothers film written by m Surrealism meets Hollywood meets film history in this graphic novel, which turns an unproduced script by Salvador Dali into a fantastic comedy starring Groucho, Chico, and Harpo Marx Grab some popcorn and take a seatThe curtain is about to rise on a film like no other But first, the real life backstory Giraffes on Horseback Salad was a Marx Brothers film written by modern art icon Salvador Dali, who d befriended Harpo Rejected by MGM, the script was thought lost forever But author Josh Frank found it, and with comedian Tim Heidecker and Spanish comics creator Manuela Pertega, he s re created the film as a graphic novel in all its gorgeous full color, cinematic, surreal glory In the story, a businessman named Jimmy played by Harpo is drawn to the mysterious Surrealist Woman, whose very presence changes humdrum reality into Dali esque fantasy With the help of Groucho and Chico, Jimmy seeks to join her fantastical world but forces of normalcy threaten to end their romance Includes new Marx Brothers songs and antics, plus the real world story behind the historic collaboration Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 224 pages Expected publication March 19th 2019 by Quirk Books More Details ISBN 159474923X ISBN13 9781594749230 Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book Giraffes on Horseback Salad Salvador Dali, the Marx Brothers, and the Strangest Movie Never Made by Josh Frank Author , Manuela Pertega, Tim Heidecker Illustrator Release date Mar 19, 2019 30 copies available Surrealism meets Hollywood meets film history in this graphic novel, which turns an unproduced script by Salvador Dali into a f 30 copies available Surrealism meets Hollywood meets film history in this graphic novel, which turns an unproduced script by Salvador Dali into a fantastic comedy starring Groucho, Chico, and Harpo Marx.Grab some popcorn and take a seatThe curtain is about to rise on a film like no other But first, the real life backstory Giraffes on Horseback Salad was a Marx Brothers film written by modern art icon Salvador Dali, who d befriended Harpo Rejected by MGM, the script was thought lost forever But author Josh Frank found it, and with comedian Tim Heidecker and Spanish comics creator Manuela Pertega, he s re created the film as a graphic novel in all its gorgeous full color, cinematic, surreal glory In the story, a businessman named Jimmy played by Harpo is drawn to the mysterious Surrealist Woman, whose very presence changes humdrum reality into Dali esque fantasy With the help of Groucho and Chico, Jimmy seeks to join her fantastical world but forces of normalcy threaten to end their romance Includes new Marx Brothers songs and antics, plus the real world story behind the historic collaboration Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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    View details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Giraffes on Horseback Salad, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Say, will there be music like 8 months ago Add your answer Josh Frank Oh YESSSSS Stay tuned Coming about 3 4 weeks before book release Super excited about it flag See 1 question about Giraffes on Horseback Salad Lists with This Book Films Published in Decade 2010s 173 books 5 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 41 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 26, 2018 Nick rated it really liked it Shelves graphic novel adult, motion picture industry history The whole idea started with the fact that Salvador Dali and Harpo Marx admired each other s work In fact, Dali viewed the Marx Brothers as being a genuinely surreal comedy group, although perhaps only Harpo would have agreed.The story itself is almost secondary, since surrealism was big on mind games, and that is what much of this story is If you don t insist on a plot that makes sense, and what Marx Brothers fan is really that limited, then the weird happenings in this book can be viewed as o The whole idea started with the fact that Salvador Dali and Harpo Marx admired each other s work In fact, Dali viewed the Marx Brothers as being a genuinely surreal comedy group, although perhaps only Harpo would have agreed.The story itself is almost secondary, since surrealism was big on mind games, and that is what much of this story is If you don t insist on a plot that makes sense, and what Marx Brothers fan is really that limited, then the weird happenings in this book can be viewed as one of their films as seen through a kaleidoscope by someone on major drugs, and then it s just finewell, except for the scene with the hired hands, which is just weird.According to the author of this book, a complete copy of the original screenplay may no longer really exist There were copious notes, in two languages, describing some of the gags and scenes, but what Dali did with the original script is unclear In fact, there is little evidence that he ever really wrote the whole thing, since only the 14 page treatment was ever shown to the studio The studio executive, Louis B Mayer, didn t like the idea, and if this book is a good representation of what it would have been like, I can see his point It works well on paper, but would have been nightmarish to film, and audiences who flocked to the earlier Marx Brothers movies probably wouldn t have liked it.To me, that s because the Marx Brothers style of comedy works by pitting weirdness against the ordinary world In Giraffes on Horseback Salad, there IS no ordinary world It s very good, and very weird, but not a good screenplay just because of that There s basically nothing to play off of, and that undercuts the comedy.In the finished graphic novel, I was mildly annoyed by the inclusion of inside jokes referring to other Marx Brothers movies That brought me out of the story whenever it happened, and in a story this complex, that is a bad thing.There was a carbon copy of the 14 page version still in the possession of the Marx family, but that is far short of a complete script This, combined with the French and Spanish notes, were what author Josh Frank had to work with He has synthesized a remarkable thing from those pieces, butit s not a Marx Brothers movie, or even a good Marx comedy Serious surrealism dominates, and as a serious film with a bunch of sight gags, it might have worked for Harpo s style of comedy, but the others feel wildly out of place.On the other hand, as a look inside the creative work of Salvador Dali, and a very different view of Harpo Marx in particular, this graphic novel is well worth reading It s also a piece of movie history that s hard to ignore, whether you like Dali or not.The book includes some wonderful notes, including a story about Harpo s son, Bill, who also contributed a short prose segment to the book That, combined with the historical prose sections, are another reason to read the book flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Rick rated it really liked it Shelves graphic books, history, film studies, popular culture, giveaways arcs, adaptation What a trip This was delightfully crazy and absurdly surreal I m just not sure how true to the original concept of the film that it is Would those who had conceived it appreciated it Probably But who can really say I have nothing but praise for the people involved with creating this project Kudos About the only thing I didn t like, was that the creators were trying to make a graphic novel of a film that might have been made in the late 1930s, and there are some anachronisms that just rea What a trip This was delightfully crazy and absurdly surreal I m just not sure how true to the original concept of the film that it is Would those who had conceived it appreciated it Probably But who can really say I have nothing but praise for the people involved with creating this project Kudos About the only thing I didn t like, was that the creators were trying to make a graphic novel of a film that might have been made in the late 1930s, and there are some anachronisms that just really stood out and screamed like a herd of giraffes on fire But even then, it all sort of worked It s a trip and some scenes felt truly cinematic, others were so improbable that they d be almost impossible to film animate sure, film doubtful What a trip I always forget to add this I received this book as an Advanced Reader s Copy through the library where I work flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Billie rated it liked it For me, this just wasn t the right format in which to experience this work The art is weird and lovely and the supplemental materials are very interesting, but the story itself just didn t quite fit in to the graphic novel format I would love to see someone produce this as an animated film, which is probably the only genre in which the ideas could be allowed to fully blossom flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Dan Shonka rated it it was amazing First of all, I received this book as part of Giveaways And I m glad I did I am a big Marx Brothers fan, and during a film study class in college I saw Salvador Dali s short film It was really interesting So, the idea of Dali and the Brothers getting together to make a movie wow Honestly, all of the Marx Brothers early movies were somewhat surrealist Duck Soup, and Animal Crackers for example What Josh Frank has done is track down as much first hand info as he could like D First of all, I received this book as part of Giveaways And I m glad I did I am a big Marx Brothers fan, and during a film study class in college I saw Salvador Dali s short film It was really interesting So, the idea of Dali and the Brothers getting together to make a movie wow Honestly, all of the Marx Brothers early movies were somewhat surrealist Duck Soup, and Animal Crackers for example What Josh Frank has done is track down as much first hand info as he could like Dali s notebook on the film, and the pitch sheet for the studio.Then using some comedy writers familiar with the Marx Bros style, and a very fine artist, Josh Frank has put together a storyboard graphic novel representing what the movie might have been had it made it to production It s pretty funky, and likely not everybody s cup of tea, but if you like the Marx Brothers and Salvador Dali I think you ll find it interesting and entertaining By the way, the artist, Manuela Pertega, does a nice job channeling Salvador Dali s style Oh, and at the end of the book are some reproductions of the pages from Dali s notebook Pretty cool flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Megan rated it it was amazing Wild in all the right ways flag Like see review Jan 22, 2019 Robert rated it really liked it A beautiful and fittingly surreal history of the unmade Marx Brothers Dali film Conceptually brilliant, 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        Josh Frank is a writer, producer, director and composer He has penned numerous plays, including an authorized adaptation of Werner Hergoz s Stroszek, screenplays, including an adaptation of Mark Vonnegut s The Eden Express, and musicals, including The Jonathan Richman Musical He is the author of Fool The World, the Oral History of the Band Called Pixies St Martins Press USA Virgin Books U.K Josh Frank is a writer, producer, director and composer He has penned numerous plays, including an authorized adaptation of Werner Hergoz s Stroszek, screenplays, including an adaptation of Mark Vonnegut s The Eden Express, and musicals, including The Jonathan Richman Musical He is the author of Fool The World, the Oral History of the Band Called Pixies St Martins Press USA Virgin Books U.K and In Heaven Everything Is Fine The Unsolved Life of Peter Ivers Simon and Schuster Free Press Over the last decade, Frank has worked with some of the most interesting and innovative musicians, filmmakers, producers and artists in the industry, including Black Francis of the Pixies, David Lynch and Harold Ramis He has interviewed over 400 of America s most notable names in entertainment for his books and screenplays His Latest Book an Illustrated Novel based on a song cycle by influential band Pixes, is a collaboration with it s lead singer Black Francis It will be released in the U.S by Harper Collins and in the U.K by SelfmadeHero in 2014 In his spare time, he created and runs a Mini Urban Drive In Movie Theatre in Austin, Tx


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    1. The whole idea started with the fact that Salvador Dali and Harpo Marx admired each other s work In fact, Dali viewed the Marx Brothers as being a genuinely surreal comedy group, although perhaps only Harpo would have agreed.The story itself is almost secondary, since surrealism was big on mind games, and that is what much of this story is If you don t insist on a plot that makes sense, and what Marx Brothers fan is really that limited, then the weird happenings in this book can be viewed as o T [...]


    2. What a trip This was delightfully crazy and absurdly surreal I m just not sure how true to the original concept of the film that it is Would those who had conceived it appreciated it Probably But who can really say I have nothing but praise for the people involved with creating this project Kudos About the only thing I didn t like, was that the creators were trying to make a graphic novel of a film that might have been made in the late 1930s, and there are some anachronisms that just rea What a [...]


    3. For me, this just wasn t the right format in which to experience this work The art is weird and lovely and the supplemental materials are very interesting, but the story itself just didn t quite fit in to the graphic novel format I would love to see someone produce this as an animated film, which is probably the only genre in which the ideas could be allowed to fully blossom.


    4. First of all, I received this book as part of Giveaways And I m glad I did I am a big Marx Brothers fan, and during a film study class in college I saw Salvador Dali s short film It was really interesting So, the idea of Dali and the Brothers getting together to make a movie wow Honestly, all of the Marx Brothers early movies were somewhat surrealist Duck Soup, and Animal Crackers for example What Josh Frank has done is track down as much first hand info as he could like D First of all, I recei [...]



    5. A beautiful and fittingly surreal history of the unmade Marx Brothers Dali film Conceptually brilliant, historically intriguing though I can see why Hollywood turned the script down.


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