DREAMS THAT MONEY CAN BUY
A film in 7 parts; directed and produced by
Hans Richter (1886-1976)
"Dreams that money can buy" is a satire of Hollywood
(the great dream factory), in which a self confessed bum called Joe decides
to make a living out of selling dreams. Voiced over by a narrator in rhyme.
Directed by Max Ernst
Featuring the costume drama of 'amour fou', livid colours, fevered eroticism,
lace, velvet deress, dry ice mists. the dream of a methodicial man, whose
wife complains of his systematic exaction. but his interest in semi-erotica
belies his passion for art.
2. THE GIRL WITH THE PREFABRICATED HEART
Directed by Fernard Leger
A romance story between two mannequins. the loveliest girl mannequin who
refused to let herself fall in love, for sure that the emotion would surely
dissolve her. (her rejection of him dissolved him instead)
3. RUTH ROSES AND REVOLVERS
Directed and written by Man Ray
A satire of cinema, where the audience is asked to treat the film as instructions
tob e followed exactly and obediently without question. a visual treat
with vivid contrasts - the garden in the background with trees starkly
bare, and a woman's unnatural laughter.
Directed by Marcel Duchamp;
A varation on Duchamp's earlier piece - "Nude descending". revolving,
superimposed images of discs spinning. this is the strangely poetic dream
of a hardened hoodlum. joe says of him: "if he wasn't so much an
extrovert, he could have been a poet"
5 & 6. BALLET & CIRCUS
Directed by Alexander Calder
Ballet consisted of the dance of floating mobiles of various shapes and
Circus was a magnificient circus of wire figures - mechanisms, moving
parts, and springs. the dream of a blind old man, who later makes a proposition
to Joe: "Are you a dream dealer? I will sell one to you, for I have
so many, you see."
Directed by Hans Richter
Joe's own dream. One day he turns blue in colour, his "friends"
leave him, and he is scorned. he ponders over why blue is the worst colour
to be. he calls the colour blue the "the final retreat into self".
and now that he is blue, familiar objects because alien. their shadows
morph into menacing shapes, but he escapes, following a blue thread out
into the open. a couple of men block his path, they claim to have the
right to be in somebody else's way. Allusions to post-war days - "now
that the war is over, it is time for indulgence and decadence". He
starts to climb a ladder, but as he climbs, he realises that the rungs
disappear below him, and as he climbs higher, the rungs above also disappear.
"Nothing in front or behind me!" He meets his dream lady lying
in a bathtub, but it offers him scant relief