Méliès applies a careful brush to an endearing scene
from A Trip to the Moon.
By Stefan Hall
Movies double as dreams. By definition, films offer visions in the waking dark of a theater or through the magic mirrors of other screens. By extension, all movies must be dreams, even docu-mentaries and industrials, since a film is a construct. When movies delineate what happens in the mind during sleep or reverie, their meaning narrows in content yet enlarges via self-reference. For more than 100 years
films have depicted literal and figurative dreams, and the technology to
conjure such images has proven essential. Hugo, Le Voyage dans la Lune,
Un Chien Andalou, Brazil, A Nightmare on Elm Street (and sequels), Waking
Life, and Inception reflect how the instruments and topics of cinema replicate dreams.