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Directed by Hans Richter
Produced in 1946
Main Language -
Countries & Regions - American film
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.
Graeme Hobbs on 15th July 2006
Author of 297 reviews
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.
Length: 80 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.33 Full Screen
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 7th August 2006
Cat No: BFIVD659
- Bonus Alternative Soundtrack
- Interview With The Band
- 3 Short Films By Hans Richter
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
Still with surrealism, another legendary example of the medium makes a belated (but equally welcome) appearance. Richter, the Berlin-born filmmaker (and Dadaist) brought together some of the century's most important surrealist artists and created this delirious and dreamlike film. A new soundtrack and copious extras make the package even more attractive. Hide