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Wide Awake
Wide Awake
Actor: William C. Dement
Director: Alan Berliner
Genres: Television, Documentary
UR     2007     1hr 19min

Studio: Hbo Home Video Release Date: 09/23/2008 Rating: Nr


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Actor: William C. Dement
Director: Alan Berliner
Creators: Ian Vollmer, Alan Berliner, Emily Stevens, Lisa Heller, Natalya Trifonov, Sheila Nevins
Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Documentary
Studio: Hbo Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/29/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 19min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Not your ordinary documentary
E. Whitmore | 06/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was stunned by how much I loved this film. It's a hilarious personal exploration of insomnia and creativity. The filmmaker and main character, Alan Berliner, tries to bring the audience inside his tired mind -- to feel, first hand, the strains of being unable to sleep. And it works. In the first part of the film I actually began to feel as tired and anxious as the filmmaker seems to be. But, then, Alan drinks a cup of coffee and the film takes on an jazzy, energetic pace as it shifts into the night. Alan gives us a wild tour of his studio, and then gets to work on making the film. Through it all he faces the conflict of how to balance his work with spending time with his beautiful baby and wife. The scenes with his family are so funny and poignant, and the cinematic metaphors he uses throughout the film are so perfect, that I was smiling and laughing all the way through. This is a multi-layered, truly brilliant, beautiful film -- that gets better with every viewing. A DVD worth owning."
An eye-opener!
Dee J. | 04/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I only caught part of this show when it was originally on HBO. It was much more interesting that I had thought it would be. I've been trying some of the tips for getting more sleep and some of them seem to have worked! I'm looking forward to watching the entire program on DVD. Thanks for another good feature, HBO!"
Wide Awake Informative, Entertaining
Leslie Halpern | Central Florida, USA | 02/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As with Alan Berliner's other films, including The Sweetest Sound, Nobody's Business, Intimate Stranger, and The Family Album, Wide Awake is a fact-based film that plays more like a subjective personal essay than an objective documentary. While providing a wealth of information from highly credible sources about insomnia, sleeping, and dreaming, the film also delves into the personal struggle of the filmmaker and his lifelong affliction with not being able to sleep at night.

A highly revealing film, Berliner opens his home to the camera and allows himself (and his wife) to be filmed while he sleeps -- or at least attempts to sleep. His visit to a sleep clinic is also chronicled, with embarrassing proof that he does indeed snore when he finally dozes off. Brief glimpses of old archival footage, quirky dream sequences based on his actual dreams, and a diverse collection of sound effects adds a fun twist to an otherwise serious subject.

Fueled by his middle-of-the-night artistic inspiration, ultimately Berliner finds himself faced with the question: If he starts sleeping like everyone else, will he turn into everyone else and lose his creative edge? But if he doesn't start sleeping like everyone else, will he lose too much precious time with his wife and son?

This film is a delightful must-see for everyone interested in sleeping and dreaming.

Leslie Halpern, author of Dreams on Film: The Cinematic Struggle Between Art and Science and Reel Romance: The Lovers' Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies.