Sleep (1963 film)

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Directed by Andy Warhol
Starring John Giorno
Release date
  • 1963 (1963)
Running time
321 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Sleep is a 1963 American film by Andy Warhol consisting of long take footage of John Giorno, his lover at the time, sleeping for five hours and 20 minutes.[1]

The film was one of Warhol's first experiments with filmmaking, and was created as an "anti-film". Warhol would later extend this technique to his eight-hour-long film Empire.[2]

Sleep premiered on January 17, 1964, presented by Jonas Mekas at the Gramercy Arts Theater as a fundraiser for Film-makers' Cooperative. Of the nine people who attended the premiere, two left during the first hour.[3]

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