Dreams That Money Can Buy

Dreams That Money Can Buy

Synopsis

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. Among its admirers is film director David Lynch.

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, and the result is by turns playful, hypnotic, satirical, charming and nightmarish. Dreams that Money Can Buy is a film in seven segments namely:

- Desire (Max Ernst)
- The Girl With The Prefabricated Heart (Fernand Léger)
- Ruth, Roses And Revolvers (Man Ray)
- Discs (Marcel Duchamp)
- Ballet (Alexander Calder)
- Circus (Alexander Calder)
- Narcissus (Hans Richter)

The DVD includes an exclusive alternative soundtrack by London-based Baroque pop band The Real Tuesday Weld, with narration by Brazilian chanteuse Cibelle and David Piper.

Special Features

- Rhythmus 21 (Hans Richter, 1921)
- Ghosts Before Breakfast (Hans Richter, 1928)
- Everyday (Hans Richter, 1929)
- Alternative soundtrack by The Real Tuesday Weld
- Filmed interview with The Real Tuesday Weld and Cibelle on composing the soundtrack
- 28-page booklet containing an interview with Hans Richter, film notes, biographies, credits and details on The Real Tuesday Weld

Technical Specs

Director: Hans Richter
Year: 1947
Country: USA
Language: English
Duration: 99 min
Colour: B/W & Colour
Certificate: 12