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Woody Allen takes a nostalgic look at the future.
Miles Monroe, a clarinet-playing health food store proprietor, is revived out of cryostasis 200 years into a future world in order to help rebels fight an oppressive government regime.
Sleeper was my first exposure to Woody Allen. I knew nothing of him, other than seeing an odd looking bespectacled man on the cover of Time magazine that was sitting on the coffee table a few years previous. It wasn’t the promise of Allen’s comedy, but rather the movie poster featuring a robot in a helicopter chair clutching a shrieking damsel that drew me into the shopping mall theatre that Saturday so many years ago.
My predominant memory was of my 14 year old self laughing so riotously hard that tears were streaming down my face, and I thought it a very real possibility that I would throw up.
I have seen it since, but it’s been ages. When this…
In "Sleeper," Woody Allen sends up the future while skewering the past and present in a film that starts off well before descending into silliness. Allen's standard comic sensibilities are on display as he weaves jokes about intellectuals, art, sex, and romance into smart-but-goofy blend of science fiction and comedy.
Beginning nearly two centuries in the future, the film finds a man from the 1970s thawed from a cryogenically induced slumber and forced to deal with an array a technological, cultural, and political changes. The sci-fi canvas allows star/director/co-writer, Allen, to amusingly attack his typical foils. Allen's character becomes a medical oddity, robot worker, and put-upon revolutionary in the span of 90 minutes.
The comedy ranges from smart and satirical,…
Performances : 6/10
Story : 5.5/10
Production : 6/10
Overall : 5.83/10
The first act of Sleeper is absolutely fucking hilarious. It's terrific. It's like Woody Allen's ode to the visual gag. Half slapstick genius and half neurotic brilliance, this film kicks off with a bang, telling a promising fish out of water story peppered with Allen's usual tricks.
The issue being that after that first third the laughs drop off twice the size of the one Woody drives his VW off of. What started off as a smart, original and hilarious story veers into this strange, almost TOO wacky series of missed one-liners. I don't know...maybe it's my fault for losing interest. I just don't see how over…
I don't know what the hell I'm doing here. I'm 237 years old, I should be collecting social security.
Even though I think Annie Hall and Manhattan are brilliant films, I've never been much of a fan of Woody Allen's. Right or wrong I've always felt he plays the same character in every film and has a tendency to portray himself as the suffering intellectual marooned in a sea of ignorance.
Now I'll admit that's a weird opinion to have considering I've never seen a Wooday Allen film that I didn't enjoy on some level. I'm not even sure where that started, but I can say this is the earliest film I've seen of his and the first…
One of the strangest gaps in my filmwatching has been the lack of Woody Allen films I've seen recently.
In fact, I haven't seen a Woody Allen film in at least 13 or 14 years with the last one being Small Time Crooks, which I still regard as an extremely underrated and thoroughly enjoyable crime comedy. I'm not really sure why I haven't watched any of his films since then. It could be that few of his titles since then have really compelled me to watch them, but there are a couple of notables from earlier in his career that I also haven't seen yet such as Broadway Danny Rose and The Purple Rose Of Cairo.
Another one of Woody Allen's early funny films. A futuristic story clever and witty as always.
This film is not to be taking seriously, it's supposed to be stupidly funny and provide you with a great time of entertainment. In Sleeper Woody Allen combined verbal and a lot of physical humour, delivering a great performance together with Dianne Keaton.
The concept of the story is very cool, all of the futuristic the design sets and vehicles are minimalist and original.
Social satire is also very present, specially in political aspects. Woody's back in 1973 was trying to show how the world could be exaclty the same in those aspects even 200 years ahead of it's time, and it is also another proof that even today some things are not different or ever will be in the future.
My favorite Woody Allen is the wacky Woody Allen. And this remains one of his best on the wacky side of the spectrum.
This doesn't hold up as being as funny as I remember it.
A good fun sci-fi comedy. Okay story, great sight gags and good music. Okay effects and good jokes. Very silly and a good laugh.
Τυπική γουντιαλλενική συνταγή, πετυχημένη όμως όσο ποτέ πριν και μετά! Ο τύπος έχει ενώσει διάφορες ατάκες που έχει σκεφτεί, έχει σκαρώσει μια εντελώς παλαβιάρικη πλοκή, τα έχει πετάξει όλα μαζί και ...ιδού! Science fiction, σουρεαλισμός, Buster Keaton, πολιτική, θρησκεία, σεξ και δεν ξέρω τι άλλο ανακατώνονται, αναμοχλεύονται και αναποδογυρίζουν φτιάχνοντας μια ευφυέστατη σπαρταριστή κωμωδία.
Η τελευταία ατάκα της ταινίας (δεν λέω ποια) είναι το κλειδί για όλες τις ταινίες και γενικότερα την κοσμοθεωρία του ανδρός.
Diane Keaton is amazing. It's a sister piece to Bananas, but maybe better. The Allen-Keaton dynamic is pure gold.
(Second watch - in WA class)
First watch - 2 stars
That's a big chicken.
When Sleeper was released, the critical consensus was that it was Woody Allen's comic masterpiece that would endure for generations of film fans. Now it's half-forgotten, often disparagingly lumped in with his "early comedies," and overshadowed by his "serious" and "important" later work. It was funny in its time, though.
[English/ Spanish review]
One can approach Sleeper as a science-fiction spoof or as an exponent of the early Woody Allen comedies. As the former, it has a brilliant premise (the comedian is cryogenized for 200 years, waking up in a hollow wealthy society ruled by an authoritarian leader, and he's signaled out as an unlikely revolutionary leader as he is unregistered and knows actually nothing of the so-called 'underground'). But here science-fiction is just a comic device, and the political and social critique is ultimately lost as people doesn't much really care about science-fiction, it's just the vessel for the jokes. And as a Woody Allen comedy, Sleeper is regarded as the first in holding up a real 'plot', everyone…
Some of the films in Woody Allen's oeuvre have made the jump for me from "that's fine" to "that's quite good", but I don't think any has made the jump from "that's quite good" to "oh this is a goddamn masterwork" until this rewatch of Sleeper. Right from the start, the futuristic sets show homage to 2001 (Douglas Rain, voice of HAL 9000, also does voice work here) but this is not the long, serious sci-fi fare of Kubrick, this is a balls to the wall zany comedy dressed in sci-fi clothes. Woody's comedy here is so sharp here from the get go ("That's a photograph of Norman Mailer. He was a very great writer. He donated his ego to…
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The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…