Great Films that put you right to sleep ...

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  1. Aurel Savin

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    I was thinking about this topic the other night when I attempted for the 10th time, I think, to sit through the DVD of Fellini's 8 1/2.
    Saw this 10 years ago on VHS when I was taking film classes and thought it was a well crafted piece of art, but not a very entertaining one. Bought the DVD about a year ago and being amazed at it's pristine transfer I have tried to sit through it. So far it has managed to put me asleep every single time I have watched it. Don't think I have gotten past the 40 minute mark yet.
    So much so, that I know put it on when I am trying to fall asleep [​IMG] ... works every time. Maybe it's the mesmerizing effect of the Italian dialogue coupled with the score?
    Am I psyching myself out or does anyone else have their favorite movie that puts you to sleep.
     
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    Admittedly, 2001 has that effect on me during the Stargate sequence.
     
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    ill second 2001, unless its in the middle of the day, i'm asleep by the end of the dawn of man. fargo has this effect, as does the trouble with harry and vertigo. all great movies though.

    CJ
     
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    Citizen Kane has that effect on me. I like the film but my eyelids get so heavy when I watch it. Next time I'll drink some coffee beforehand.
     
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    2001:A Space Snoozefest

    One time I was watching it and after about 2 hours I realised I had accidently pressed the pause button on the remote.
     
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    Contact and Unbreakable come to my mind, although I'm not sure either fall into the "Great Films" of the thread subject.

    While I'm drifting off topic...
    For those with Real bad insomnia (Ed Norton in Fight Club bad)I recommend either "Kama Sutra (A Tale of Love)" or "Hideous Kinky" My wife snuck both of these under the "chick flick" radar. The first may sound like late-night cinemax material, the second promises a Kate Winslet nude scene. As far as I know, neither delivered.
    "Zzzzzzzz What?, Oh yea, riveting. zzzzzzzz"
     
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    IBTL

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    2001: A Space Odyssey (space. lots of space.)
    Four Weddings and a Funeral (and a sleepover)
    All the President's Men (are sleeping)
    A River (and snoring) Runs Through It
    Chariots of Fire (and slumber)
    Those are right off the top of my head. I am sure there are many other worthy candidates.
    2001: A Space Odyssey
     
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    If it put me to sleep, then it's not a great film. [​IMG]
     
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    WOW, I thought I was alone. Great movie but 2001 ALWAYS has that effect on me.
     
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    Bill, I kind of agree with that. But I think that if you think it is a great film, then you will not sleep through it. What I mean is, while many others might think the movie is great, you might not feel its greatness, and thus you will sleep through it.
    One movie that I could never really get through is Mona Lisa. I really like the movie, but for some strange reason I am always catching it at like 11 at night, and it just woes me to sleep
     
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    I'm with Bill, if a film puts me to sleep, it's not a great film. However, films that other people think are great that put me to sleep is a different subject. Includes:

    Lawrence of Arabia
    Sunrise
    Cries & Whispers
    Titanic
    Gone with the Wind
    A Streetcar Named Desire
    All About Eve

    and lots of others.
     
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    I love old B&W films, but The Philadelphia Story came to mind when I saw this thread.
     
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    I always used to nod off when watching Apocalypse Now, pretty much about the time they reached Kurtz's compound. Interesting thing is, when I saw the even longer Redux version last year in the theater, I was riveted throughout. IMO, this is one film (LoA & 2001 are others) that really needs to be seen on the big screen to be appreciated.
     
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    Double Post!

    Horrors!

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    2001 is one of my very favorite films (#5, unofficially), but, depending on my level of relaxation, I do occasionally nod off during the space repair scene. Not because its boring, but because my body seems to find Dave's breathing patterns rather soothing and meditative, like a "Sounds of Nature"-type CD ("Sounds of Dave", hmm...).
    I had some trouble maintaining consciousness for Bertolucci's 1900, but surely the length had a great deal to do with it.
    I usually fall asleep to a movie every night, but I don't blame the movies for that. For whatever reason, I can go to sleep easier when watching a movie than from lying in silent darkness.
    Evan
     
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    Anything with the name "Lucas" or "Spielberg" attached, with the exception of Gremlins.
     
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