SLEEPER Waking up with a Woody
released 3 OCtOber 1973 | pG | blu-ray Director Woody allen Cast Woody allen, diane Keaton, John beck, mary Gregory
Woody Allen may well be cinema’s greatest living writer-director but he’s only made one full-blown science fiction film. Thankfully, Sleeper is a corker.
Allen is perfect as Miles Monroe, the owner of a health food store who goes into hospital for a minor operation in 1973 and comes out 200 years later after being cryogenically frozen. In 2173 he’s pitched into the fight against a police state, and soon teams up with socialite Luna (a wonderful Diane Keaton) to infiltrate the mysterious Aries Project.
Despite its futuristic setting, the film says so much about the 1970s, that decade of quality cinema in which it was made – there are references to Watergate, Miss World and more, but it hasn’t dated. Perhaps that’s because there’s so much of everything in here: slapstick almost as sublime as Laurel and Hardy’s, spot-on introspection, immortal one-liners, striking architecture and visuals, a witty jazz score, crazy comedy, cerebral comedy, satire, surrealism, sex orbs, giant celery…
The work of a great artist who was maturing rapidly around this time, Sleeper is a fine achievement in both sci-fi and comedy.
Extras Trailer. Russell Lewin
The voice of the medical computer in the final scene was provided by Douglas Rain – HAL in 2001.
Unfortunately the fruit bowl had shrunk.