Sleepless Nights Stories
Sleepless Nights Stories (2011)

During the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, avant-garde director Jonas Mekas pioneered the "video diary" form of nonfiction filmmaking, which involved the impromptu, fly-on-the-wall documentation of various experiences in his life.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 15, 2011
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Mr. Mekas makes little attempt to smooth out his transitions between takes or scenes, which only reinforces the intensely personal, even handmade nature of the work.

Jesse Cataldo

It proves that Mekas is still very much awake, contemplating the broad gulfs of the past and future, the little life that, as Shakespeare put it, "is rounded with a sleep."

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Eric Hynes
Time Out

The movie indulges a few too many whims, but it's never less than alive.

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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

Sleepless Nights Stories merely lingers on the personal, and the mundanity that was so magical in one film is now rendered just plain ordinary and dull.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

More often, Mekas's focus on "names" comes off as a cloistered insensitivity to the wider world.

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine

A freeform, New York-based variation on the Arabian Nights tales by Jonas Mekas is both a pan-narrative and a disarming portrait of its sweetly curious maker.

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