Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. USA, 1973. Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions, Rollins-Joffe Productions. Screenplay by Woody Allen, Marshall Brickman. Cinematography by David M. Walsh. Produced by Jack Grossberg. Music by Woody Allen. Production Design by Dale Hennesy. Costume Design by Joel Schumacher. Film Editing by Ralph Rosenblum.
Woody Allen‘s funniest pre-Annie Hall comedy is this terrific romp set in the distant future. He plays a New Yorker who wakes up in a hospital room two hundred years after he was put to sleep and frozen in time by his physician; he had originally gone in for minor dental surgery and unknowingly became a cryogenics experiment. Now he has to survive a way-groovy future world where bubble cars are used for travel and sex is accomplished with the help of an ‘orgasmatron’. Diane Keaton plays his delightful love interest, and the two of them come up with classic comedy moments you’ll love watching again and again. A plot involving political intrigue feels a bit out of place towards the end, but otherwise it’s genius material.