Filmmaker John Boorman pulls an "8 1/2"-and a good one-in I Dreamt I Woke Up. In this rambling reflection on Boorman's life and career, the director appears as himself, while John Hurt shows up as his alter ego. Boorman's son Charley plays "The Green Man," a far-from-veiled reference to his starring appearance in his dad's The Emerald Forest. And Janet McTeer rounds out the cast as an "everywoman", essaying all sorts of hallucinatory roles. Short (1944) and bittersweet, I Dreamt I Woke Up was filmed in County Wicklow, Ireland; it was first shown in the US at the Telluride Film Festival, in tandem with Susan Seidelman's 26-minute comedy Dutch Master.
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