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Dream Sequences?

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My friend Don asked me if i would like to start a bead for this amazing space he has created, Milq. I really didn't know exactly what he meant or what this thing was he had created, but it sounded so true to Don's spirit and soul:...

My friend Don asked me if i would like to start a bead for this amazing space he has created, Milq. I really didn't know exactly what he meant or what this thing was he had created, but it sounded so true to Don's spirit and soul: a place to gather and enjoy each other's passions. Wonderful. I agreed but didn't know what to do. For some reason I said: How about dream sequences in movies? I instantly regretted that because I could only think of the Dali dream in that Hitchcock movie with Gregory Peck and I can’t even remember the name of that movie. That didn’t seem worth it.

Anyway Don persisted.

It's a bit of an eyeroller to say movies are dreams, but they are the closest analogue we have in the waking world. Maybe? I dunno. We sit in the dark and the images flicker through our head and none of it's real, but it feels more real than real, and it all becomes a deeply powerful memory as it rolls by and we never forget them and they make us feel our feelings intensely because we make them our own. We enhance them with our massive, hungry imaginations. We remember and fantasize and hallucinate as the images pass by.

I could only think of a few actual "dream sequences." In a funny way, they strike me as less interesting than entire movies that feel like dreams. Those are my favorite kinds of movies. I like to feel disoriented, lost, puzzled, exhilarated, aroused, scared by movies, like i do with powerful dreams. So i put movies on this bead that feel like that to me, some of my favorites, mostly because i hope people will take a look at them if they haven't seen them.

I include the first movie i can remember seeing, Carnival Of Souls. I was about 4 and i watched it on an old black and white tv, broadcast out of NYC on WPIX or some station like that. It scared the hell out of me of course. I have never seen it again, mostly because over the years I realized something important had happened with this movie: when I saw it I was in a state of consciousness that could barely distinguish dream and movie. They were the same, they became the same, that movie became a deep part of my psyche, soul, consciousness, whatever you care to call it. That movie runs in my head now and the line between memory and dream and movie becomes beautifully blurry. I didn’t want to see it again. I don’t need to.

Any scene from any movie is a great dream sequence. These are some i particularly like.

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Paul Giamatti
Apr 25, 2014
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