Yes, April is here, and even though Spring has not quite arrived, our Spring screenings have. The first film up this Friday, April 3, 2009 is Woody Allen’s SLEEPER (1973). Allen has given us a film a year for over 40 years, something like 45 films since 1966. They filmed much of the movie around Boulder, Colorado. Woody wanted to film it in Brasilia, but with budget restrictions, he could not film overseas. To check out the “scientific feasibility” of his screenplay, based loosely on an H.G. Wells short story called THE SLEEPER AWAKES, Allen had lunch with Issac Assimov. As a nice cinematic touch, the voice of the medical evil computer near the end of the film, was voiced by Douglas Rain, who did the voice of HAL in 2001, A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968). Allen’s original concept of the film, SLEEPER, was to film 3.5 hours of it, and release it in two parts; Part I in modern day 1973, where we get to meet Miles, and it ends in the hospital and his accidental cryogenic incident–Part II would be the film as we seen it now. Actress Diane Keaton, who made 8 films with Allen, no longer was having a personal relationship with him when they filmed this movie; their second pairing. Roger Ebert wrote, “SLEEPER establishes Woody Allen as the best comic director and actor in America–giving us moments as good as anything since the silent films of Buster Keaton.” In VARIETY it was written, “SLEEPER reminds us of those zany Bob Hope pics of the 1940’s in which he is paired with some gorgeous leading lady in a series of improbable but delightful comedies.”
SLEEPER (1973) Directed by Woody Allen @ 89 minutes.The film stars Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Howard Cosell, and John Beck.
Synopsis: If INTERIORS was Woody Allen’s Bergman film, STARDUST MEMORIES was his Fellini movie, and SHADOWS AND FOG was his paean to Fritz Lang, then SLEEPER was his Buster Keaton film; where he relied more heavily on visual slapstick gags than on his acerbic wit. Miles Monroe has been mistakenly cryogenically frozen for 200 years. When he is illegally thawed out, he finds himself to be a wanted fugitive and criminal in a world that has become dystopian, a Big-Brother nightmare. Tagline: “A love story about two people who hate each other 200 years into the future.” This film was picked by TFC member Lin Swanson.
So please join us this Friday, April 3, 2009 for this movie screening at the Center for Spiritual Learning, on the corner of J Street and Division, at 206 North J Street in Tacoma. For those folks have love to visit and socialize, many of us gather in the basement kitchen area around 6pm. The Phantom Director & Farishta (no, not a Vaudeville team) will have cooked up some kind of scrumptious entree for us, and it will be served at 6:15pm. We will continue selling those raffle tickets for fun, at one dollar each, with a drawing just before the screening and the winners getting 40% of the cash collected, or a neat DVD movie. Last month we played a Film Trivia game, and perhaps that will continue; if not, we will have a short film promptly at 7pm, with SLEEPER screening immediately afterward. See you at the movies!