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Dreams That Money Can Buy [1946] [DVD]


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  • Directors: Hans Richter, Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 31 July 2006
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FVX6QY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,083 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

DVD Extras

  • Alternative soundtrack by The Real Tuesday Weld
  • Filmed interview with The Real Tuesday Weld
  • Three short films by Hans Richter: Rhythmus 21 (1921); Ghosts Before Breakfast (1928); and Everyday (1929)

USA | 1948 | colour and black & white | Optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 80 minutes | Ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Feb. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This is a beautiful & funny dreamlike voyage from one of the original Dadaists.
Joe learns that he can look into peoples minds & see there dreams, each dream is presented by a surrealist Artists ..Max Ernst, Leger, Calder & Duchamp & is a fantastic bit of filmaking
The film is guided by a pre Pythonesque/Beatles film comedy, & has elements of a noir thriller, but it is the sections by Ernst which is a must for any David Lynch fans, & Duchamp with it's hypnotic & modern sounding Cage score that really sucks you in, oh & Joe inexplicablly turns Blue which is always good
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. B. C. Jones on 19 Mar. 2010
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While this film/s cannot be rated great, as a series of shorts by famous artists it is an important document, and excellant to be able to own a copy.
So full marks to the BFI (and Amazon for the low price). It's nice to have the alternative soundtrack from 'The Real Tuesday Weld', but I do prefer the original (sorry folks).
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I saw Dreams that money can buy out of curiousity as I generally found experimental films to be obscure and boring. I was plesantly surprised that much of the film was enjoyable.

The film is segmental and there were two segments which stood out.

The first was The Girl with the Prefabricated Heart, a story of two mannequins. This was the best part of the film and the most approachable for those who would normally avoid experimental films. An enjoyable soundtrack and humourous.

The second was Circus which was animated models made from pipe cleaners. I would not be surprised if this segment was the inspiration for Tim Burton's Nightmare before Christmas and Corpse Bride.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 April 2012
Format: DVD
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 2.5 mark than 3, 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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