Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947)
Movie InfoSurrealist painter and Dada film-theorist Hans Richter wrote, produced, and directed the experimental exercise Dreams That Money Can Buy, one of the most significant contributions to the 20th-century "avant garde" movement. The project began in 1944, while Richter was director of the Institute of Film Techniques at City College in New York. Combining short scenarios written by such world-renowned artists as Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamps, Man Ray, Alexander Calder and Fernand Leger, Richter came up with a full-color, feature-length study in dreamlike "wish fulfillment." The film's only nod to continuity is the presence of a self-styled heavenly psychiatrist, whose patients purportedly visualize the images which play across the screen. Described by one observer as "surreal yet somewhat Jungian," Dreams That Money Can Buy cost $25,000 and was three years in the making (Richter liked to take his time: his later Dadascope took five years!) Its New York premiere was greeted with a mixture of bravos and bewilderment, especially when the projectionist elected to show the film on the wall and ceiling rather than the screen. One assumes that the projectionist was less capricious when Dreams That Money Can Buy won a special prize at the 1947 Venice Film Festival. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Dreams That Money Can Buy
Obviously 'arty' in nature, it still tries for new ways to frame ideas. For that it is to be commended. Better go see it for yourself.
Audience Reviews for Dreams That Money Can Buy
I couldn't believe it when I saw that Dreams That Money Can Buy was filmed in 1947. I can think of loads of films that this must have influenced, everything from Frenzy to James Bond and everything peculiar between. It's funny, this film makes more sense than you'd expect from Hans Richter, it's certainly not Dada. It starts off strong, slumps in the middle a little with its experimental style but then finishes brilliantly. My favourite section is by far the section dreamt up by Alexander Calder, an artist who I was already a big fan of. Anyone with an interest in film (and art) should put this on their priority list.More
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