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The Persistence of Memory

Movie: The Butterfly Effect
Painting: The Persistence of Memory
Author: Salvador Dali
About the film
Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Ashton Kutcher, Eric Stoltz, William Lee Scott, Elden Henson, Ethan Suplee, Logan Lerman
Actors in scene: Ashton Kutcher, Ethan Suplee
Country (movie): USA, Canada
Genres: thriller, sci-fi
Director: J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress
Writers: J. Mackye Gruber, Eric Bress
Time of scene: 01:28:16
Release year: 2004
About the painting
Title: The Persistence of Memory
Author: Salvador Dali
Date of creation: 1931
Size: small
Artist's country: Spain
Room: other, bedroom
Room colors: brown, multicolored, blue
Color: white, brown, blue
Additional information:

The Persistence of Memory is a 1931 painting by artist Salvador Dalí, and is one of his most recognizable works. The well-known surrealist piece introduced the image of the soft melting pocket watch. It epitomizes Dalí’s theory of “softness” and “hardness”, which was central to his thinking at the time. As Dawn Ades wrote, “The soft watches are an unconscious symbol of the relativity of space and time, a Surrealist meditation on the collapse of our notions of a fixed cosmic order”. This interpretation suggests that Dalí was incorporating an understanding of the world introduced by Albert Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity. Asked by Ilya Prigogine whether this was in fact the case, Dalí replied that the soft watches were not inspired by the theory of relativity, but by the surrealist perception of a Camembert cheese melting in the sun.