With all of the positive critical buzz, we can’t wait for this weekend’s release of Christopher Nolan’s mind-bender Inception, which promises to be a dream-fueled film that blurs all distinctions between reality and what happens inside the mind. Inspired, we’ve decided to explore one of the most interesting cinematic conventions: the dream sequence. Dreams, unrestrained by any visual logic, tend to be where movies are at their most creative, and these classic clips exemplify that point. They range from funny, to cryptic to just plain scary and over the top. Which one’s your favorite?
Spellbound – Alfred Hitchcock (1945)
A psychiatrist (Ingrid Bergman) races to help an amnesiac (Gregory Peck) who has been accused of murder recover his memory to find out what really happened before he’s tracked down by the authorities. The imaginative dream sequence, designed entirely by legendary surrealist Salvador Dali, is a symbolic exploration into the man’s mind in an attempt to piece together the facts of his case.