Dreams That Money Can Buy

  • 12
  • Hans Richter (1946)
  • US
  • 79 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

A special prize winner at Venice, this intriguing experiment in psychoanalytical surrealism (which took three years to complete) represents the most astonishing avant-garde collaboration in film history. Corralled by German Dadaist Hans Richter, the creative team comprises Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Alexander Calder and Fernand L├ęger, while Louis Applebuam, Paul Bowles, John Cage, David Diamond, John Latouche and Darius Milhaud contributed to the score. A mysterious young man discovers he has a gift for dreaming and begins selling his bizarre visions to needy clients. Strikingly photographed by Arnold Eagle, the various vignettes range from the eccentric and satirical to the dazzling and disturbing, yet their visual and psychological impact is consistently mesmerising.

Plot Summary

Experimental portmanteau drama, with contributions from Man Ray, Max Ernst and Marcel Duchamp. A young man discovers he has a gift for dreaming and begins selling his bizarre visions to needy clients.

Cast and crew

Cast

Joe / "Narcissus"
Jack Bittner
Girl
Dorothy Griffith

Crew

Director
Hans Richter

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour and Black and White
Certificate 12
Categories
Drama

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