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Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947)

Approved  |   |  28 March 1956 (France)
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After learning how to look inside himself, a poetic bum sells people vivid dreams.

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Jack Bittner ...
Joe / Narcissus
Libby Holman
Josh White
Norman Cazanjian
Doris Okerson
John La Touche ...
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After learning how to look inside himself, a poetic bum sells people vivid dreams.

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An experimental film shot for $25,000 in a Manhattan loft. It opened in New York in March, 1947 and went on to win the Venice Film Festival Award for the best original contribution to the progress of cinematography. See more »

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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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Hit and Miss Surrealist film
2 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This quirky surrealist film follows the adventures of a dream seller as he supplies dreams to his mixed clientele.

The dreams were created by various artists, and the quality and style varies. Max Ernst comes the closest to creating something with a real feel for dream logic involving the saving of a woman, although it was a little slow. Richter also comes close with the final, blue-faced sequence. Marcel Duchamp and Alexander Caldwell, on the other hand, both contribute simple movement pieces, although Caldwell also offers a somewhat interesting stop-motion circus scene.

The most interesting piece is by the one artist I've never heard of, Fernand Leger, a clever musical piece involving mannequins.

Avant-garde works being what they are, you probably wouldn't know this was made in 1947 if you weren't told, as filmmakers today will go for a retro style. It's a mixed bag, but I'd say it's worth watching if you're interested in surrealism.


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