6.9/10
724
12 user 9 critic

Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947)

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

Director:

Hans Richter

Writers:

Hans Richter, Hans Richter (story) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Entr'acte (1924)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear.

Director: René Clair
Stars: Jean Börlin, Inge Frïss, Francis Picabia
The Starfish (1928)
Short | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two people stand on a road, out of focus. Seen distorted through a glass, they retire upstairs to a bedroom where she undresses. He says, "Adieu." Images: the beautiful girl, a starfish in ... See full summary »

Director: Man Ray
Stars: Kiki of Montparnasse, André de la Rivière, Robert Desnos
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Hans Richter, noted for his abstract shorts, has everyday objects rebelling against their daily routine.

Director: Hans Richter
Stars: Werner Graeff, Walter Gronostay, Paul Hindemith
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism.

Director: Germaine Dulac
Stars: Alex Allin, Genica Athanasiou, Lucien Bataille
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A pulsing, kaleidoscope of images set to an energetic soundtrack. A young women swings in a garden; a woman's face smiles. The rest is spinning cylinders, pistons, gears and turbines, ... See full summary »

Directors: Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy
Stars: Kiki of Montparnasse, Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Following over two dozen different people in the almost wordless atmosphere of a dark night in a Brussels town, Akerman examines acception and rejection in the realm of romance.

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Aurore Clément, Tchéky Karyo, Angelo Abazoglou
Emak-Bakia (1927)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A long series of unrelated images, revolving, often distorted: lights, flowers, nails. A lightboard appears from time to time carrying the news of the day. Then, an eye. A woman in a car ... See full summary »

Director: Man Ray
Stars: Kiki of Montparnasse, Jacques Rigaut
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two English girl babies are switched by mistake in a 1930s hospital,but by being raised by parents other than the real ones,their lives are enriched.

Director: Françoise Romand
Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

It is a fairy tale for the subconscious based on the game of chess. Partly Sigmund Freud, partly Lewis Carroll.

Directors: Jean Cocteau, Hans Richter
Stars: Jean Arp, Paul Bowles, Ceal Bryson
At Land (1944)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Silently, a woman wakes on a beach as the tides go in reverse. Her dreamscape unfolds as she tries to locate a chess piece traveling from the beach to a party to a country road and then back.

Director: Maya Deren
Stars: John Cage, Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid
Drama | Horror | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Set during the occupation of Poland during World War II. Some German soldiers, slaughter a woman, her son and daughter-in-law. The husband and his father escape by being in the forest. The ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Stars: Malgorzata Braunek, Leszek Teleszynski, Jan Nowicki
Short | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Egyptian gods summons the angel Lucifer - in order to usher in a new occult age.

Director: Kenneth Anger
Stars: Kenneth Anger, Bobby Beausoleil, Donald Cammell
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Bittner Jack Bittner ... Joe / Narcissus
Libby Holman Libby Holman
Josh White Josh White
Norma Cazanjian Norma Cazanjian ... (as Norman Cazanjian)
Doris Okerson Doris Okerson
John La Touche John La Touche ... The Gangster (as John Latouche)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herb Campbell Herb Campbell ... A man - hands
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Rêve à vendre See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

(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
See more »

Connections

Featured in Cocteau Marais - Un couple mythique (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl with the Pre-Fabricated Heart
Lyrics by John La Touche
Sung by Libby Holman and Josh White, accompanied by Norma Cazanjian and Doris Okerson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Surrealism goes Hollywood
29 July 2000 | by psteierSee all my reviews

A strange attempt to bring the work of surrealist artists to a wider public. The plot is than an average Joe (Jack Bittner) can conjure up dreams that will improve peoples lives. This gives an excuse to view sequences created by several artists, most of whom were living in the US to avoid World War II.

Of most interest for those wishing to seeing the various artist's work, such as Alexander Calder' Circus being animated. I saw the Museum of Modern Art Print and the colors were in poor shape - the blue was almost gone.


5 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed