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Sleepless (2001)

Cast: Max Von Sydow, Max Von Sydow, Stefano Dionisi, more...
Director: Dario Argento, Dario Argento
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Live/Artisan
Genre: Cops
Running Time: 117 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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This title is currently out of print.

Director Dario Argento, best known for his stylishly bloody horror films, revisits the style and themes of his early directorial efforts in this tense crime thriller. A prostitute (Barbara Lerici) discovers one of her customers has a taste for much rougher sex than she's willing to give him; trying to sneak away from her john, she accidentally walks off with one of his scrapbooks, from which she discovers her client apparently committed a series of unsolved murders almost 20 years earlier. The john tracks down the prostitute and murders her to insure her silence; this awakens in him the desire to kill again, and soon he's once again leaving a bloody swath across Italy. Ulisse Moretti (Max Von Sydow), the police detective who investigated the earlier wave of killings, is brought out of retirement when clues link the new murders to those committed in the early '80s, and the aging cop finds his sometimes foggy memory jolted back to recognition by the growing number of bloody victims. Meanwhile, Giacomo (Stefano Dionisi), whose saw his mother being killed by the murderer as a boy, learns that the killer is back at work, and sets out to investigate the case on his own. Non Ho Sonno features an original musical score by the rock band Goblin, who also wrote music for a number of Argento's best-known films. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Is to Argento what "Raising Cain" is to DePalma by PatrickCrain November 25, 2003 - 6:51 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Like "Raising Cain" which was touted as Brian DePalma's return to the thriller, "Sleepless" is Dario Argento's return to the classic giallo, a genre that put him on the map. Also like "Raising Cain," Argento's film is silly, nonsensical, dorky but totally lovable. Will you dig it? That depends on how much you can tolerate Argento's penchant for overly complicated plots, Rube Goldberg style murder sequences and perpipheral characters that exist only as window dressing. Max Von Sydow is excellent (per usual) as the retired cop with the fading memory and some of the Argento trademarks (wild murder scenes, fluid camerawork, eye popping colors) are impressive. But the story! Sweet Jesus! What with the nursery rhymes, the dwarf, the asthmatic friend, the perfunctory romance and the heaps of plot twists, it's almost too much to take. But, then again, one doesn't really watch Argento for his plausible and brilliantly told stories (and this one certainly is one of his more "gaping plot holes and pretzel logic" movies). As for the presentation, this disc would have been much better had Artisan not cheaped out and presented the movie full frame. While I am not opposed to open matte films being presented this way, "Sleepless" is so obviously not an open matte. There were times that I thought the picture was going to burst out the sides of my television. Why in the hell they do this is beyond me, especially when they give the game away by including the trailer which is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. In short, "Sleepless" is more of the same by Argento and, depending on how you feel about the guy, that is either a good thing or a bad thing. But shame on Artisan for being a bunch of cheap bastards.

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