In 1947, Hans Richter collaborated with Man Ray, Max Ernst, Alexander Calder, Fernand Leger, and Marcel Duchamp on the surrealist experimental film Dreams That Money Can Buy. The plot concerns Joe, a man who can’t come up with the rent for his apartment. He accidentally discovers that by looking closely into his own eye in the mirror, he can see the inner workings of his thoughts. He realizes he can do the same to others and sets up a business, where he examines peoples’ minds and produces “dreams” for them that satisfy their desires. With its beautiful visual experiments and snide attitude towards the simplified psychology presented in mainstream cinema at the time, Dreams That Money Can Buy is a fascinating film that showcases the talents of the famous artists involved.

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