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dream sequences please
Topic by: kingturtle
Posted: February 25, 2005 - 6:24 PM PST
Last Reply: April 21, 2005 - 4:44 PM PDT

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author topic: dream sequences please
kingturtle
post #1  on February 25, 2005 - 6:24 PM PST  
I want to put together a montage for my Psychology class of great dream sequences in films. I'd like to know what your favorites are. Thanks!
jross3
post #2  on February 25, 2005 - 9:29 PM PST  
I thought Eternal Sunshine's extensive dream sequence was pretty good. The part with Carrey's character's childhood was probably a favorite part... or maybe one of the earlier parts, where he's yelling at Clementine('s dream representative) and the world of that memory is falling apart. But since almost half of that movie is a dream, there's quite a lot to choose from.
Eoliano
post #3  on February 26, 2005 - 8:58 AM PST  
The films with dream sequences that come immediately to mind are perhaps the most famous; Fellini's 8, Bergman's Wild Strawberries, Frankenheimer's original Manchurian Candidate, and Hitchcock's Spellbound and Vertigo.
Suphan
post #4  on February 26, 2005 - 11:01 AM PST  
Adam Sandler's dream sequences in Happy Gilmore....you can't beat a dwarf on a tricycle. Well, you could but you'd be a real bastard for it.

But seriously, Altered States is a classic example.
David Lynch sure likes the dream sequence.
One Hour Photo has some interesting delusional dream sequences.
American Werewolf in London has some trippy ones.
And of course....Dreamscape. Not saying it's a great movie, but it probably has what you're looking for.
DLeonard
post #5  on February 26, 2005 - 12:13 PM PST  
Would the sequence where John Malkovich enters his own mind in Being John Malkovich count? Not really a dream, but when talking about experiencing the world of the sub-conscious it's a very amusing example.
lizzoqops
post #6  on February 26, 2005 - 3:39 PM PST  
How about some Brian DePalma? Like "Carrie". Classics.
kamapuaa
post #7  on February 26, 2005 - 3:48 PM PST  
What about those old-school German expressionist movies? "Nosferatu," or the "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" are both classics (I think the 2nd is a good example why people generally don't like dreams in movies). Was the demonic factory in "Metropolis" a fevered dream, or a vision? It's been a while.
erostratus99
post #8  on February 26, 2005 - 7:08 PM PST  
Not exactly a normal dream sequence, but in there is a rather frightening mental excursion into the mind of the dying protagonist in "Jacob's Ladder".
erostratus99
post #9  on February 26, 2005 - 7:16 PM PST  
...and Tarkovsky's "The Sacrifice" and "The Mirror" are overflowing with rather enchanting and complex dream sequences.
NLee
post #10  on February 26, 2005 - 10:28 PM PST  
There's a great dream sequence in Perfect Blue. But then again, maybe it was not a dream...

Are we awake now? Am I still on stage? ...
Eoliano
post #11  on February 27, 2005 - 10:14 AM PST  
> What about those old-school German expressionist movies? "Nosferatu," or the "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" are both classics (I think the 2nd is a good example why people generally don't like dreams in movies).

I don't recall dream sequences in Nosferatu or Caligari per se, visions perhaps. Anyway, both are like fevered expressionist dreams to me.

> Was the demonic factory in "Metropolis" a fevered dream, or a vision? It's been a while.

The subterranean factory is what kept the city running and is part of Federsen's Metropolis, but when his son, Freder encounters the Moloch Machine, he has a vision of children being sacrificed to the god Moloch. Later, when he sees Maria in the catacombs, he brings her sermon about the Tower of Babel to life.
frannieb
post #12  on February 27, 2005 - 10:55 AM PST  
i know it's not so much what you are looking for but Living in Oblivion has a very funny dream sequence spoof (and most of the movie turns out to be a dream sequence anyway)


artifex
post #13  on February 27, 2005 - 3:21 PM PST  
I don't know how great it really is, but this one should be almost instantly recognizeable to your students. Maybe you could use it (and the Dreamweaver song) as bumpers for the "serious" clips you want to show?
kohnfused1
post #14  on February 28, 2005 - 2:34 PM PST  
How about that John Travolta movie "Phenomenon"?

Wasn't the dream sequence like, the whole movie.

Any "Friday the 13th" flick should do, right?
rmarkd
post #15  on February 28, 2005 - 2:53 PM PST  
> On February 25, 2005 - 6:24 PM PST kingturtle wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I want to put together a montage for my Psychology class of great dream sequences in films. I'd like to know what your favorites are. Thanks!
> ---------------------------------

I didn't care too much for the movie, but "The Cell" had some visually great dream sequences.

amit
post #16  on February 28, 2005 - 5:13 PM PST  
> On February 25, 2005 - 6:24 PM PST kingturtle wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I want to put together a montage for my Psychology class of great dream sequences in films. I'd like to know what your favorites are. Thanks!
> ---------------------------------
My favorites not counting those mentioned above, particularly 8 1/2:

Waking Life, The singing detective, Eyes Wide Shut and Mulholland Drive

As for Vanilla Sky, Fight Club and Matrix, it was hard to distinguish where the dreams started. The same can be said for Mulholland Drive.

Amit
artifex
post #17  on March 1, 2005 - 1:28 AM PST  
> On February 28, 2005 - 2:34 PM PST kohnfused1 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> How about that John Travolta movie "Phenomenon"?
>
> Wasn't the dream sequence like, the whole movie.

If we're going to go that route, The Wizard of Oz or An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge would probably be better. :)
Cosplayer
post #18  on March 1, 2005 - 11:26 AM PST  
They made a movie of Go Ask Alice, didn't they? (What's it called?)
Eoliano
post #19  on March 1, 2005 - 12:03 PM PST  
> They made a movie of Go Ask Alice, didn't they? (What's it called?)

Er... why don't you Go Ask Alice?

artifex
post #20  on March 2, 2005 - 3:55 AM PST  
> On March 1, 2005 - 12:03 PM PST Eoliano wrote:
> > They made a movie of Go Ask Alice, didn't they? (What's it called?)
> Er... why don't you Go Ask Alice?

And if you need help finding her, you can get anything you want, here.
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