Tashlin, a pop visionary, puts unhinged pop visions at the core of modern life, presenting Lewis’s nocturnal babble as scientific insights that get the attention of the F.B.I. and Soviet spies. “Don’t shoot,” one of them says. “Remember, we need his dreams.” But the villains are ultimately thwarted by the dreamer’s sexual instinct, and a scene that parodies “Rear Window” (one of Tashlin’s many Hitchcockian winks) emphasizes the connection between sex and violence.
July 30, 2015