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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 ...
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Libby Holman
Josh White
Norman Cazanjian
Doris Okerson
John La Touche ...
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Herb Campbell ...
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After learning how to look inside himself, a poetic bum sells people vivid dreams.

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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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Anyone interested in surrealism needs to see this film immediately
31 December 2006 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

Anyone interested in surrealism needs to see this film immediately. It is difficult to find, but those interested in this fascinating area of art will not be disappointed. "Dreams That Money Can Buy" is easily the greatest experimental feature film made. If ever there was a film that could be described as dreamlike, this is it. I'd go so far as to saying its better than "Un chien andalou", which is often acclaimed to be the ultimate surrealist film. Its certainly different though. While "Un chien andalou" was shocking and nihilistic, this is more lighthearted but even stranger. Its also a film that is very easy on the eyes, as the colors look gorgeous. Its a shame this isn't wider known or has a commercial DVD release. It is actually a considerably accessible work that could get novices interested in surrealism beyond Dali. And unlike many other experimental films, it is never boring.

The reason why the film works so well as it operates on its own inner logic and makes it seem credible. Don't kid yourself, there isn't any deeper meaning to the images. But you are convinced all these random segments tie in together and mean something. Few films have so effectively weirded me out as this one and even fewer managed to keep me in awe. This is a true work of beauty, and nothing else in the art world even remotely resembles it. My favorite segment? The one towards the end about the blue-faced man discovering himself. Entirely worth tracking down. (10/10)


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