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Dreams That Money Can Buy

Dreams That Money Can Buy
  • 1947
  • US
  • 99 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Hans Richter
  • Written by: Josh White, Man Ray (uncredited:"Ruth Roses and Revolvers"), Hans Rehfisch, Hans Richter, David Vern
  • Cast: Jack Bittner, Libby Holman, Josh White

Surrealist painter and Dada film-theorist Richter wrote, produced and directed this experimental exercise which is still seen as one of the most significant contributions to the avant garde movement. The project began in 1944, while Richter was director of the Institute of Film Techniques in New York. Combining short scenarios written by such world-renowned artists as Ernst, Duchamps, Man Ray, Alexander Calder and Leger, Richter came up with a study in dreamlike wish fulfillment. The film's only nod to continuity is the presence of a self-styled heavenly psychiatrist, whose patients purportedly visualize the images which play across the screen. Now rarely shown, this remains a treat for a modern audience.

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