In this hilar­i­ous con­ver­sa­tion, orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished in the short-lived ECHO Mag­a­zine in 1960, Sal­vador Dalí tries to teach Irish-born actor Edward Mul­hare how to artic­u­late Eng­lish words in a more Dalían way. When this clip was record­ed, Mul­hare had already spent three years play­ing the role of Pro­fes­sor Hig­gins in the Broad­way ver­sion of My Fair Lady. And as you’ll recall, it was Hig­gins’ job to teach Eliza Doolit­tle, a Cock­ney flower girl, to speak as a prop­er Eng­lish lady. How suc­cess­ful­ly does Dali man­age to put some sur­re­al­ist cool into this rather con­ser­v­a­tive Eng­lish­man? You can lis­ten here to find out. And don’t for­get to catch Sal­vador Dalí’s clas­sic appear­ance on What’s my line?

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By pro­fes­sion, Matthias Rasch­er teach­es Eng­lish and His­to­ry at a High School in north­ern Bavaria, Ger­many. In his free time he scours the web for good links and posts the best finds on Twit­ter.

Time Piece: Jim Henson’s Short, Oscar-Nominated Film (1965)

Back in 1965, Jim Hen­son, the great pup­peteer, wrote, direct­ed and starred in a short exper­i­men­tal film, Time Piece, which pre­miered at the Muse­um of Mod­ern Art in NYC. Run­ning a short nine min­utes, the film takes a sur­re­al look at the pass­ing of time. And, despite veer­ing off into rather strange ter­ri­to­ry, the film struck a chord with crit­ics and the film com­mu­ni­ty. Time Piece would be nom­i­nat­ed for an Acad­e­my Award.

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