Sleeper

(USA, 1973, 89 mins, 35mm)
Director:
CAST Woody Allen, Diane Keaton
Classification: 19+
Introduced by film scholar Michael van den Bos.

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In 1973, health food store owner Miles Munroe (Allen) enters the hospital for a routine gall bladder operation. When he expires on the operating table, Miles’ sister requests permission to cryogenically freeze her brother’s body. After 200 years, Miles is unwrapped by a group of scientists and awakens to a Brave New World of deadening conformity, ruled with an iron fist by a never-seen Leader. Miles is forced to flee for his life when the scientistsactually a group of revolutionary activistsare overpowered by the Leader’s police. He eludes the cops by pretending to be an android, and in this guise is sent to work at the home of Luna (Diane Keaton), a composer of greeting cards who thinks that the world of the future is perfect as it stands.