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Sleeper

As part of their Winter Film Series, the N.C. Museum of Art is screening Sleeper, one of Woody Allen's early comedies. Allen stars as Miles Monroe, a nerdy, clarinet-playing, health-food store owner who is cryogenically frozen in the year 1973. He is revived 200 years later by an underground movement threatening to overthrow the oppressive government that is in charge in the year 2173. Predictably--despite his abject cowardice ("I even get beat up by Quakers")--Allen becomes the unwitting hero of the story. On the lam with the cops on his tail, he saves the day, foiling the government's plans to reconstruct their despotic leader from his nose--the only remaining body part after an assassination attempt. Sleeper is full of one-liners and the hilarious slapstick humor (like when he slips on the giant banana peel) that mark Allen's early films. See "Special Showings" for details.

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