The new film Inception is on my “to see” list for next week. First off, I’ll watch almost any film about dreams. Plus I am a fan of Ellen Page and Leonardo DiCaprio. And Christopher Nolan previously directed Memento, The Prestige, and three Batman films including The Dark Knight, so he’s worth a try. The reviews have been mostly positive – not that that matters when you want to see something.
There have been other films about getting into people dreams – some horror films, others more sci-fi (The Matrix, Total Recall, Minority Report). We think of our dreams as OUR dreams. One place where you don’t have to worry about security and hackers.
I started recording in a dream journal in my teen years. Movies and dreams have always been connected. Film seems like the best medium to portray dreams. I think most of us view our dreams like films, including the camera point of view in the dream (subjective – you are the camera). I tried reading Freud’s The Interpretation Of Dreams when I was too young to understand it, and then mainstream books about interpreting your dreams.
Dreams, fantasies, movies. An easy mix. Freud thought dreams were built out of a combination of our unconscious and the ordinary events of our recent daily life. For most of us, you probably have to put movies into that mix.
One story that I like about dreams is the film What Dreams May Come which then led me to the novel it was based on (also titled What Dreams May Come) by Richard Matheson. I was a fan of Matheson’s writing before that. He wrote for the classic television show The Twilight Zone which I loved as a kid. (See the episode of that show titled “Perchance To Dream.)
Inception and What Dreams May Come also play games with time which is another topic that fascinates me. I particularly like time travel that doesn’t require any machinery, so Matheson’s novel Somewhere In Time (also made into a film) fits that formula nicely.
As a kid, I had a tremendous fear of dying in my sleep. So, Hamlet’s speech that gave the book and movie its title –
To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause
– did not give me comfort. Besides Hamlet’s thoughts of suicide, it also refers to his fears that there might not be peace even in death.
I have never seen those films. I don’t want any nightmares. If Freddy kills you in the dream world, you get killed in the real world.