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Dreams That Money Can Buy

Hans Richter's rarely screened feature, made between 1944 and 1947, follows a young poet named Joe who sets up a shop that sells dreams to customers based on their own subconscious material. Half a dozen artists—Max Ernst (who provided the inspiration for the film and also wrote a monologue), Fernand Leger, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Alexander Calder, and David Diamond—were hired by Richter to design separate dreams for the film; other participants include Paul Bowles, Libby Holman, Darius Milhaud, and John Cage. Despite the imposing lineup, most critics have been less than happy with the results, though perhaps it can be enjoyed today as a period piece.



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