New York: Films International of America, 1947. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's stapled stiff green paper wraps printed in black.
Program for experimental film by German avant-garde Dada filmmaker Richter, which won the prize for the best cinematography at the 1947 Venice Biennale Film Festival. Joe, the film's protagonist, is a poet who finds he can look into a person's eyes and see what that person dreams or wants to dream about. Using his power, Joe gets into the business of wish-fulfillment by buying and selling other people's dreams. Each of the film's seven dream sequences were made in collaboration with Richter's avant-garde contemporaries, making the film into a surrealist portfolio of prominent artists: Max Ernst, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder, and Fernand Léger (Calder wrote two and Richter wrote one himself, and Ernst designed the lurid cover). John Cage and Paul Bowles contributed music. The first half of the promotional program dedicates a spread to each of the artists, composed of a portrait, short biography, summary of their respective dream plot, stills from the film and a list of cast and production members. The remaining sections include bios of the people who helped make the film, music, psychology and art, with statements by some of the artists themselves, as well as other leading lights (such as André Breton, Louis Applebaum and Siegfried Kracauer). Light toning to rear wrap, corners lightly banged. A near fine copy of a Surrealist milestone. Item #2229