HENRY MILLER: ASLEEP & AWAKE REVIEWED
“Henry Miller: Asleep & Awake” was the documentary short that Tom Schiller made before Saturday Night Live started. The documentary was shot when the legendary author was 81 and his age showed throughout the documentary. Still, it bares the watermark of many early Schiller shorts that aired on SNL. Taking place mainly in his bathroom, Miller tries to paint a picture of a lost NYC. While the film is only 35 minutes long, Miller’s raspy voice will start to cut into your nerves.
While not for everyone, the documentary will hit literary nerds right in that sweet spot. For those that remember when this film first arrived in the 1970s, where did it originally air? It seems far too vulgar to have made it to Public TV.
- 1.33:1 standard definition transfer
RELEASE DATE: 4/24/18
- Video - 88%88%
- Audio - 85%85%
- Film Score - 90%90%
The Plot Thus Far
Filmed when the author was 81, HENRY MILLER ASLEEP AND AWAKE, is a voyage of ideas about life, writing, sex, spirituality, nightmares, and New York that captures the warmth, vigor and high animal spirits of a singular American artist. The man is Henry Miller and the room is his bathroom. It’s a miraculous shrine covered with photos and drawings collected by the author over the course of his long and fruitful life. Graciously, in his raspy, sonorous voice, he points out the highlights of his improvised gallery, speaking of philosophers, writers, painters,mad kings, women, and friends.