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History of the Avant-Garde
DREAMS THAT MONEY CAN BUY
A Film by Hans Richter
History of the Avant-Garde: A series of video releases featuring the best of radical and innovative filmmaking from the first hundred years of cinema.
Berlin-born Hans Richter - Dadaist, painter, film theorist and filmmaker - was for four decades one of the most influential members of the cinematic avant-garde. Richter assembled some of the century's liveliest artists as co-creators of Dreams That Money Can Buy, his most ambitious attempt to bring the work of the European avant-garde to a wider cinema audience.
Joe, a young man down on his luck, discovers he has the power to create dreams, and sets up a business selling them to others. The 'dreams' he gives to his clients are the creations of Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder and Richter himself. The result is by turns playful, hypnotic, satirical, charming and nightmarish.
USA | 1948 | colour and black & white | Optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 80 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
I did have to cast my memory back to my art history textbook from school to keep up with this. Seven avant garde filmmakers made seven very different short films, most of which are... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Arachne202
Although it would be difficult to claim 'Dreams that Money Can Buy' is any kind of cinematic masterpiece, it is definitely a fascinating film and obviously an important historical... Read morePublished on 13 April 2011 by S. D. Nunn