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Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947)

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After learning how to look inside himself, a poetic bum sells people vivid dreams.



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Credited cast:
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Joe / Narcissus
Libby Holman
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Doris Okerson
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After learning how to look inside himself, a poetic bum sells people vivid dreams.

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28 March 1956 (France)  »

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Rêve à vendre  »

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(singing on soundtrack): Oh Venus was born out of sea-foam / oh Venus was born out of brine / but a girl of today / if she is grade A / is assembled upon the assembly line
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The Girl with the Pre-Fabricated Heart
Lyrics by John La Touche
Sung by Libby Holman, accompanied by Norman Cazanjian and ? (name illegible)
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Breathtaking, Feels like a dream !
21 January 2005 | by (Bloomsburg PA) – See all my reviews

Wow! For a film that was made in 1947, this was way ahead of it's time. 7 different surreal artists, including Duchamp; teamed up to create the dreams within the story. This is a rare film and if you can track down a copy, you won't be disappointed. The story is about a guy who starts a business selling people his dreams. People who need excitement come to him for a bizarre dream experience. Surreal images and at times crazy stream of conscious dialog follow. My favorite scene is later in the film, when the guy is walking up the ladder, and every time he takes a step, the step before disappears. Of course I wish the film would be remastered, since many of the scenes are faded. I'm glad to know that the British Film institute has it on video, I hope they digitally restore it and release it on DVD, or even better would be a Criterion release! 10/10

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