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This review is from: Sleeper [DVD] (DVD)
Woody transports his neuroses to the 22nd century in this imaginative offering from the mid-1970s.
Cryogenically frozen after a minor surgical procedure went wrong, Woody's character, Miles Monro, wakes 200 years later to find that the former US is now ruled by a despot (or at least, by a small part of him) and that the brainwashed population live in a comfortable, aimless Big Brother-type of society.
While trying to come to terms with this strange world he tangles romantically with vacuous, talentless poet Luna (Keaton) and comically falls in with a rebel underground movement, finding himself at the heart of a ludicrous plot to overthrow the incumbent regime.
Slapstick is the order of the day throughout and Woody's fondness for the Marx Brothers and silent comedy comes to the fore in many scenes. He also takes the opportunity to display his talent for manual dexterity and magic tricks.
The juxtaposing of futuristic sets and costumes against Woody's 1970s morés makes the humour seem more absurd and works well as a medium to parody various 20th century cultural references (Orwell, banana republics and false standards among many). He manages also to take a swipe at Nixon, a hot topic at the time of the film's release and throws in a few old gems about Jewish tailors.
Woody himself plays the musical score on his clarinet.
DVD quality excellent.