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Let Me Dream Again (1900)

A man dreams he is flirting with an attractive young lady, then he wakes up in bed next to his wife.
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A man and woman festively dressed in costumes are dreaming. They wake to drink, play, and smoke. He snuggles her; she's happily willing. Suddenly, the scene ends and he's but a homely man in a loveless bed with a homely woman - husband and wife. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Hagyj újra álmodni!  »

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Possibly the first use of the camera technique of "focus pulling, in which an image (the man shown kissing a beautiful woman) blurs and dissolves into a clear image (the man shown kissing his less-attractive wife), which is meant to show someone experiencing a dream or fantasy, then being brought about to reality. See more »

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Poignant comedy about cinema, dreams and the unsatisfactoriness of our daily lives.
22 December 2000 | by (dublin, ireland) – See all my reviews

Another familiar trope that will seem poignant to many people. A man is wining and dining a young lady only to wake up beside an old shrew who gives him what for. The master of this dream/reality narrative is Buster Keaton, who developed it with heartbreaking inventiveness.

This film is not without interest though. Firstly, the dream sequence is excellently imagined, with the couple dining in the foreground and a blank background creating a suitably unreal effect. The symmetry between couples is effective, suggesting that the wife may once have been like this one, asking us to ponder the processes that led to her 'decline', even the possibility of the husband's malign influence. Of course, this symmetry is actually a representation of rupture, division, disharmony - between dream and reality, the ideal and the mundane, the young and the old, the unattainable and the attainable.

The strange thing about the dream is that, firstly, the woman is unattainable in it, she flirts, but she doesn't give herself; secondly, she is dressed in a costume reminiscent of the circus or carnival. Here the dream is something subversive, something that can critique the failures, the repressions, the dissatisfactions of real life. It also points to the use most people make of the cinema, to dream about better lives than our own, lives we can see but cannot have. It is this melancholy vein that helps the film transcend misogyny.


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