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Dreams That Money Can Buy DVD

Hans Richter, 1946


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Film Details

Directed by Hans Richter

Produced in 1946

Main Language -

Countries & Regions - American film


Dorothy Griffith, Jack Bittner


Film NoirAmerican Film

MovieMail's Review

Produced, written and directed by Hans Richter, and with dream sequences contributed by Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Fernand Leger and Alexander Calder, this is a real curiosity. Although put together for very little over three years in a Manhattan loft, Dreams… went on to win a special award at the Venice Film Festival for the best original contribution to the progress of cinematography.
The set-up is that Joe is a dreamseller with a roomful of people waiting to have their dreams unlocked. A closet art-lover gets a sequence from Ernst based on his Une Semaine de Bonté, an uptight woman gets Leger's dream of a girl with a pre-fabricated heart, and a gangster who wants a tip for the Derby gets Duchamp's Rotoreliefs and his Nude Descending a Staircase to the music of John Cage, which prompts him to dump Joe in a cupboard.
The 'surrealism' may now look a little quaint, but seeing the artists and their art - Calder's 'Circus', a sinister Big-Brother-before-he-existed close-up of Man Ray's eyes on the wall, among them - is a rare treat.

Anonymous on 15th July 2006
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Film Description

An extraordinary film, a sort of history of art film noir, for want of a better description. A man sells dreams to those who need them. And amongst his customers are some of the greatest names in the Dadaist/ Surrealist movements, all of whom make a very personal contribution. Man Ray, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp,and Fernand Leger.

DVD Details

Certificate: 12

Publisher: BFI

Length: 80 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.33 Full Screen

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 31st July 2006

Cat No: BFIVD659

DVD Extras

  • Bonus Alternative Soundtrack
  • Interview With The Band
  • 3 Short Films By Hans Richter
  • Booklet.

Community Reviews

by Barry Forshaw on 17th August 2006

Still with surrealism, another legendary example of the medium makes a belated (but equally welcome) appearance. Richter, the Berlin-born filmmaker (and Dadaist) broug... Read on


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