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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.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Bittner ... Joe / Narcissus
Libby Holman
Josh White
Norman Cazanjian
Doris Okerson
John La Touche ... The Gangster (as John Latouche)
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Herb Campbell ... A man - hands
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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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Not Really my Cup of Tea, but....
12 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

The Avant Garde movement is not one that I follow, or know too much about, though I had seen some work by Duchamp at an exhibition in London once. However, I'll try very nearly anything and so when Dreams that Money Can Buy came up on Film 4 very late at night, I had to give it a go.

I could not find a separate listing as to which director did which part on the IMDb, but I have to say that I only really enjoyed two segments - Duchamp's 'Discs' and the last one, 'Narcissus' by Hans Richter. I really liked the geometric patterns and shadows of the masks and things in Duchamp's and the overall operatic, Gothic feel of Richter's, which had some great visual flair.

I persevered with the others and whilst I could see definite skill and talent in many pieces, they weren't really "me". My score is probably nearer the 5.5 mark than 6, but I'm rounding up slightly. Apologies to all who love this work, but with an alternative and rare film such as this, it's always going to divide opinion - and I did give it a go!


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