Le retour à la raison by Man Ray (1923)

Un Chien Andalou (1928) (An Andalusian Dog): A surrealist film directed by Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali. A film which caused outrage and scandal at its premiere described by Bunuel as an ‘encouter between my dreams and dali’s.’ Running Time: 17mins, Silent Black & White Film with music soundtrack

The Seashell and the Clergyman by Germaine Dulac (1928)

L’étoile de mer (starfish) by Man Ray (1928) – Based on a poem written by Robert Desnos.

L’Âge d’or (1930) (The Golden Age) – A film by french director Luis Bunuel. Described as ‘the dream of a madman.’ Originally started as the second collaboration between Bunuel and Dali but due to differing ideas the collaboration ended and the film is solely credited to Bunuel. It is best described as a man’s unsuccesful attempt to make love to a woman within a dream. This film is not available in the UK.

Spellbound (1945) – A film directed by Alfred Hitchcock but more significant for the dream sequence within the film which was designed by Salvador Dali. The plot revolves around a man who has lost his memory (Ingrid Bergman) and assumed the identity of the new director of ‘Green Manors,’ a home for patients in need of Freudian psychoanalysis. He goes on the run with a female psychiatrist who attempts to unlock his subconscious and find out who he really is. The dream that Bergman describes within the film is interpreted (somewhat simplistically) and reveals the ‘secret’ of his identity as well as solving a murder. Running time 111 mins, Black and White Film

Dreams That Money Can Buy (1946) – A surrealist film directed by Hans Richter with collaboration by Man Ray, Max Ernst and Marcel Duchamp. Joe, a young man down on his luck, discovers he has the power to create dreams, and sets up a business selling them to others. The film is divided into seven segments (or seven different dream sequences). Running time: 80mins US Colour/Black and white film

Lead Shoes by Sidney Peterson (1949)

8 X 8 by Hans Richter(1957)

The Exterminating Angel by Luis Bunuel (1962) – After a dinner party, the guests find that they are unable to leave the room. There is nothing stopping them from leaving as all they have to do is walk out the door – but no one can do it.

Le Charme Discret De La Bourgeoisie (1972) – Directed by Luis Bunuel. A group of seemingly respectable friends try to gather together for dinner but everytime they do their meal is interrupted by a hillarious series of surreal incidents. One dream sequence involves the guests sitting at the table waiting for their meal when suddenly a curtain behind them is drawn back and they find themselves on a stage with an audience staring back at them where none of them know their lines. In another sequence a man speaks to his dead cousin in a deserted street without realising the ridiculousness of the event. Both of these dreams based on Bunuel’s own dream experiences. Running time is 97 mins, French Film Colour

The Phantom of Liberty by Luis Bunuel (1974)