Thursday, July 26, 2012

Living In Oblivion: Dwarfs in Dreams

       The previous post looked at the famous dwarf dream sequence from the David Lynch television show Twin Peaks.   Below is a clip that parodies that sequence.   The clip comes from the 1995 comedy Living In Oblivion starring Steve Buscemi.    The dwarf actor is Peter Dinklage who can currently be seen in HBO's  Game of Thrones.  Be warned that the clip contains profanity, but it is quite funny.

        If you enjoyed the clip and would like to watch the entire hilarious sequence, I've included this clip as well.  

         This might just be whetting your interest in seeing the entire film, which is a film that I can recommend for very funny adult viewing.  Steve Buscemi is one of my favorite actors and this film is one of his best roles.

          Have you seen Living In Oblivion?   Have you ever had a dream with a dwarf in it?   Dreams are strange, but do you think many film dream sequences actually capture the feel of a real dream?

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dream Sequences on Film: Twin Peaks

       While I'm away on vacation I'm going to present a few video clips from some famous film dream sequences.

       David Lynch is one of the best of the surrealistic filmmakers.   Some of his films are almost like dreams or have extended portions that are very dreamlike.   The following clip comes from his television series Twin Peaks.  The clip portrays a famous dream sequence.

          Are you a David Lynch fan?    Have you seen Twin Peaks?   Do you have a favorite David Lynch film?  Do you think this clip accurately captured the concept and feel of dreaming?

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Sense of Place Even When the Place Doesn't Make Sense

Clarksburg, West Virginia as viewed from the e...Clarksburg, West Virginia as viewed from the east on Main Street (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

         Dream locales for me are almost always peculiar when I think back on them, but I typically will accept them while in the dream and even understand what these places represent geographically.  Within the dream the places may not always seem quite right although they may seem very familiar for some reason.

         A dream version of reality is created by the subconscious.    Perhaps the setting is a symbolic representation of an idea, an emotion, or some other concept.  But what exactly does that setting represent?

         Here are three dream fragments where setting was specific at some point and seemed to be of particular significance:

         In a dream that seems to be related to work, I begin in an industrialized type of location on the outskirts of an urban area.  I am looking for something and am accompanied by my former boss and other people whom I can't remember.  As we travel--mostly on foot, but perhaps at times in vehicles--we begin wandering in a more rural setting.  It is a dusky looking time of day.  There are many trees and hills around us, but there are also homes and perhaps some small businesses which seemed to be closed.  I recall a railroad viaduct under which passes a winding road.  The place reminds me of West Virginia or a similar looking area.  Soon were are walking through a forested area in the hills.  We come to a vast canyon that is immense in its depth.  Sunlight shines upon the canyon which besides being deep is very long.  I cannot see where it ends in either direction.  I know that we need to get across, but I don't know how we can accomplish this.  I am acutely aware that we are in Mexico.

         I've forgotten the details of a more recent dream where at the end before waking up, I am aware that my wife and I are driving to a specific town in Ontario, Canada.   After wakening I almost immediately forget the dream, but I puzzle over the geographical specificity of the dream.

          When I was a senior in high school in 1969, I had a rather odd dream that I was watching television on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.  In the dream, I am watching a very strange baseball game that is taking place on the deck of a large ship--perhaps an aircraft carrier.  As I watch I seem to become transported to the actual location of the event.  I seem to be hovering above the ship watching the game.  It is night and there is a fierce storm with hard rain.  Through the darkness I see the choppy waves and the rain pouring on the baseball players.  I immediately am aware that the ship is off the coast of Alaska.   With this awareness of place I again find myself in the living room of my parents' house watching this very strange sporting event on the television. As I drift into consciousness I hear the anguished voice of the television commentator announce, "Washington is taking a beating!"

        Most of my dreams do not have any reference to actual places, which is why these three dreams stand out.  I have no idea about why the dreams are so place specific.

          Do you dream about specific places or uncertain dreamland amalgamates that seem familiar yet undetermined?    Have you had a dream where a specific geographical location was named?   Are any of your dream settings accurate representations of real places with which you are familiar?   

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Back To Work

Warehouse, Green Logistics Co., Kotka, FinlandWarehouse, Green Logistics Co., Kotka, Finland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Work Dream Themes:

        On my last post I discussed the fairly common dream of being back in school.  This post will look at a dream that is perhaps even more common--the dream about being at work.  Typically, dreams about work will have the similar themes of school dreams.

        In the work dreams the dreamer may be unprepared for something that is supposed to occur, be late for work, be dressed inappropriately (or not at all), be unorganized or unable to perform work duties, be lost in the workplace, be confused about circumstances at work, or some other difficulty.  The dream events are often accompanied by frustration, apprehension, fear, embarrassment, or distraction.

        The dream locales may be actual work places, variants of places we have known, or places that are totally alien to us but accepted in the dream as our place of work.  The people in the dream may be known to us, but often there are also others we may not be able to identify.

        In my current state of three years of unemployment, I typically dream of my previous job.  Sometimes however I dream of past jobs.  In the past when I was employed my work dreams were often about jobs I had held prior to the job I was holding at the time of the dream.

My most recent work dream:

        I don't remember much detail, but I am at the warehouse job where I was the general manager.  We have recently moved to a new location and have been there for a few weeks.  The owner of the company comes to visit and I realize that since we moved I have not been in the new warehouse, but have only been in my office.  I know little about what is going on with the operation I am supposed to be managing.

        When my boss arrives we make conversation and I try to avoid talking to him about the business.  Inevitably he starts discussing the new warehouse.   I bluff my way through the conversation, but feel very guilty that I have not been doing my job and I'm afraid that he'll find out.

          We go into the warehouse.  It is very large and old looking.  There is much merchandise on many rows of shelves that go beyond my field of vision.  This is a massive and somewhat disturbing place.  My boss seems very happy and friendly as he walks by my side.   A long line of men wait at a door and I know that they are waiting to apply for jobs.   My boss and I come to a long table where a number of celebrities and important people are seated, but I'm not sure who any of them are.  I lead my boss and those at the table to go to the head of the line that is waiting.

         After I wake up I feel neither positive or negative about the dream.  I am somewhat perplexed, but beyond that I don't think much about the dream and forget most of it.

My typical dream of work:

           This recent dream is a good example of the type of work environment where I am.   The places are usually warehouses or meant to be warehouses.  They are large, old, and not particularly well lit.  There is often a great deal of material goods--usually merchandise--although sometimes the warehouse is mostly empty or totally empty.  The warehouses always feel strange and eerie, yet I almost always feel like I belong there and have an awareness of familiarity.

           Many times I am either alone in the warehouse or with just one or a few other people.   Sometimes there are many people who are engaged in various activities or merely meandering.   If other people are present I usually only know a few of them.

             In the dreams I often feel lost or unprepared.   Sometimes I may be trying to find something that has been lost.  Often what I'm looking for is money that has been lost.  Other times I maybe trying to get something done, but I become distracted by other activities or because I don't have equipment that I need.

              Even though the nature of the dream involves frustration and other negative feelings, I almost always maintain a sense of calm through the dream.  I rarely wake up from these dreams feeling upset in any way and often feel a sense of confidence and optimism with only a tinge of uncertainty about the state of my life.

               Dreaming about work makes sense due to the fact that we spend so much time working or have done so at certain times of our lives and the activity has usually been so vital to our daily existence.

               Do you often dream about work?   Are your work dreams generally good or bad?   What do you think dreaming about work signifies?


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