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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brion Gysin ...
Himself (archive footage)
Kenneth Anger ...
Marcus Boon ...
Udo Breger ...
Catherine Clément ...
Ira Cohen ...
Brett Despotovich ...
John Dunbar ...
Sophie Duplaix ...
John Geiger ...
John Giorno ...
Rhodri Hayward ...
Michael Innanen ...
Jean-Jacques Lebel ...


Artist Brion Gysin developed the Dream Machine. The device has in its core a 100-watt light bulb, which is surrounded by a spinning open column with windows to allow the light to shine through. To be experienced with ones eyes closed, the Dream Machine has a flickering effect of light and dark, much like a strobe light. The experience has been described as hypnotic or hallucinogenic. Some have called the Dream Machine a drug-less high. Gysin, through archival interviews, many of the Dream Machine's users, some of whom are friends of Gysin, and scientists tell of their experiences with the machine and speculate on its physiological effects. Written by Huggo

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18 January 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film offers a glimpse into the life of the artist Brion Gysin, and a fairly good illustration of his "Dream Machine", which is purported to allow a user to experience visual hallucinations by setting up a flashing pattern of light which affects the brains alpha-waves. It features some archival footage, photos, and audio, as well as the narrator's impressions of some of the people, events and places described in the film (New York, Paris, Morocco)and video documentary footage of locations and interviews with various people who knew or admired (or in one case is rather dismissive) of Gysin. Your experience as a viewer will fall somewhere between entertainment and serious study of art history.

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