200 year old Volkswagen discovery scene from Woody Allen's, "Sleeper" (1973)





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Published on Dec 4, 2011

This is one of my favorite scenes in the Woody Allen classic, "Sleeper" (1973). While running form the government of the future, Allen portraying the character, "Miles Monroe" discovers a Volkswagen Bug hidden away in a cave. The female companion (Luna Schlosser) as played by Diane Keaton asks, "What is it?" and he replies, "It's a two hundred year old Volkswagen." He walks to the side, looks inside of the Beetle and he turns the key. To his amazement, it starts right up. Allen then exclaims, "Shhwa, - they really built these things, didn't they?!"

Miles Monroe, a jazz musician and owner of the Happy Carrot Health-Food store living in Manhattan in 1973, is cryonically frozen without his consent, and not revived for 200 years. The scientists who revive him are members of an underground movement: 22nd-century America seems to be a police state ruled by a dictator, about to implement a secret plan known as the "Aires Project" (sic). The underground movement hopes to use Miles as a spy to infiltrate the Aires Project, because he is the only member of this society without a known biometric identity.

Woody Allen (born Allen Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935) is a Jewish-American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, and playwright. His films often draw heavily on sexuality, comedy, literature, philosophy and of course his views on Jewish Identity. Being a New Yorker, a lot of his comedy seems to focus on the the mindset of the European Jewish (Ashkenazi) ancestry. Allen is fond of playing the clarinet and considers himself an accomplished jazz musician.

The most critical event in Allen's life came with his divorce to Mia Farrow. During this time he began a relationship with Mia Farrow's adopted (Korean born) daughter, Sue-Yi Previn. The media often cited that Allen was in a relationship with his stepdaughter, but this was not factual whatsoever since in fact he was not married to Mia Farrow and Sue-Yi was not Allen's adopted daughter, but Farrow's former love, André Previn, hence the name Sue-Yi Previn. Truth be told, the biggest part of the love affair was the 34-year age difference between Sue-Yi and Allen and the fact that he hid the affair from his live in lover, Mia Farrow. Previn and Allen were married in 1997, but have been together faithfully since 1991.

Partial filmography from '65 -85, which is considered by most to be his best years.

1965 What's New Pussycat?
1966 What's Up, Tiger Lily?
1967 Casino Royale
1969 Don't Drink the Water[II]
1969 Take the Money and Run
1971 Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story
1971 Bananas
1972 Play It Again, Sam[II]
1972 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)
1973 Sleeper
1975 Love and Death
1976 The Front
1977 Annie Hall
1978 Interiors
1979 Manhattan
1980 Stardust Memories
1982 A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
1983 Zelig
1984 Broadway Danny Rose
1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo

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