Dreams that Money Can Buy is an experimental feature color film written, produced, and directed by surrealist artist and dada film-theorist Hans Richter, in collaboration with a group of artists, including Duchamp himself amongst others.
The film tells the story of an ordinary man, Joe/Narcissus, who has recently signed a complicated lease on a room. As he wonders how to pay the rent, he discovers that he can see the contents of his mind unfolding whilst looking into his eyes in the mirror. He realizes that he can apply his gift to others, and sets up a business in his room, selling tailor-made dreams to a variety of frustrated and neurotic clients.
Each of the seven surreal dream sequences is in fact the creation of a contemporary avant-garde and/or surrealist artist, including Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Alexander Galder, Darius Milhaud and Fernand Léger.
The film won the Award for the Best Original Contribution to the Progress of Cinematography at the 1947 Venice Film Festival.