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.


 

1. DESIRE
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.

4. DISCS
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 sizes.

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."

7. NARCISSUS
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…



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