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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 »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Bittner Jack Bittner ... Joe / Narcissus
Libby Holman Libby Holman
Josh White Josh White
Norman Cazanjian 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
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Storyline

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

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Genres:

Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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

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Production Co:

Art of This Century Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Took three years to complete. 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
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Soundtracks

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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It's now on DVD
23 January 2009 | by shellacficionadoSee all my reviews

The British Film Institute have re-mastered the film from an original print and have released it on DVD with some Richter shorts, a very good booklet and an alternative soundtrack by the band The Real Tuesday Weld who have been performing live to it for the last three years.

It looks amazing but remains one of the most underrated art films of the last century. It's difficult to know whether its imperfections (particularly in the editing and soundtrack) are a result of a low budget or carelessness or were intended / happily included by the director. Proclaimed by David Lynch as his favourite film (He pinched the title 'Ruth Roses and Revolvers from it), it is not an easy watch and sadly is probably destined to always be for the cognoscenti. This is a film - not a movie - and whilst not completely successful as a piece of art, it pushes the boundary of film and narrative.


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