Dreams That Money Can Buy

Dreams That Money Can Buy

Hans Richter (1946)

12 Certificate


Our Score
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 Léger, 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.


A penniless man discovers he has the power to create dreams and place them in the minds of others. He sets up a business selling his creations, and seven customers are each given a surreal experience tailor made to their own psychology. Anthology of seven surreal stories, starring Jack Bittner and Max Ernst.

Cast & Crew

Joe / "Narcissus" Jack Bittner
Girl Dorothy Griffith
Director Hans Richter

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