Sleeper

Friday 20 February 2004

We watched Sleeper the other night, Woody Allen's 1973 comedy about a man who wakes up 200 years in the future. I enjoyed its goofy humor, of course, but also noticed two new things about it.

One: the Domesticon robot in Sleeper bore a striking resemblance to C3PO from Star Wars, made four years later:

Woody Allen as a Domesticon robotC3PO

Both have the same mincing shuffle, the same mild British-inflected voice, the same arms-at-the-ready stance. Was George Lucas influenced by the earlier movie, or are both parodying some earlier source?

Two: In the scene where Allen is explaining the ancient artifacts from his time, he's given a Playboy centerfold, and says, "I'll take this for further study and give you a complete report later". You see only a brief glimpse of the model's head, but it is unmistakably Lenna, the woman made famous as a standard test image for computer scientists:

Standard Lena picture

For more on Lenna's history, see Complete Story of Lenna.

Comments

[gravatar]
Kudla 4:39 PM on 21 Feb 2004

Ned, you give me a link to the Complete Story of Jenna, but in your previous post Rosa Parks is without linkage?

For shame...for shame.....

Your social consience,

Kudla

[gravatar]
Trent 7:59 AM on 23 Feb 2004

I don't know about C3PO's mannerisms, but his look was definitely inspired by the robot from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis".

Add a comment:

name
email
Ignore this:
not displayed and no spam.
Leave this empty:
www
not searched.
 
Name and either email or www are required.
Don't put anything here:
Leave this empty:
URLs auto-link and some tags are allowed: <a><b><i><p><br><pre>.