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Killer Of Sheep (1977) A masterpiece of African American filmmaking and one of the finest debuts in cinema history, Killer Of Sheep was chosen for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress and named one of the 100 Essential Films by the National Society of Film Critics. In the Los Angeles community of Watts, Stan, a sensitive dreamer, is growing detached and numb from the toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple beauty: the warmth of a teacup against his cheek, slow dancing with his wife, holding his daughter. Combining lyrical moments with neorealist style, Burnett unfolds his story with compassion and humor. Killer Of Sheep's haunting images and extraordinary soundtrack are a revelation in this new high-definition transfer from the UCLA Film & Television Archive's brilliant 35mm restoration.
An American masterpiece, independent to the bone. --Manohla Dargis, New York Times
The finest film yet about African American life. --National Public Radio
Way ahead of its time 30 years ago, and just as stunning today, KILLER OF SHEEP is one of those marvels of original moviemaking that keeps hope of artistic independence alive... Here's to the miracle of a buried classic granted the opposite of a killing - here's to life. Grade: A.-- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly --Acclaimed Reviews
The finest film yet about African American life. - --National Public Radio
Way ahead of its time 30 years ago, and just as stunning today, KILLER OF SHEEP is one of those marvels of original moviemaking that keeps hope of artistic independence alive... Here's to the miracle of a buried classic granted the opposite of a killing - here's to life. Grade: A. - --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
Quite simply, one of my favorite films of all time. Created as the UCLA thesis for Charles Burnett with of budget of less than $10,000. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A. Watkins
WATCH THIS FILM. How is this film not more on the map? I studied anthropology and have an interest in black history/black voices. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ConstantReaderNYC
Great.Deeply profound with a great insight on how blacks cope with their day to day. Founding hope and a smile to keep them holding on. II Kings Ch6 : 1-5.Published 19 months ago by Tru-Black
Slow down to watch this one. Not typical entertainment but impactful, especially for college audiences. A slice of documentary
in a different format.
Uh, you'd think before UCLA saw fit to emblazon their name all over the packaging as being those responsible for this film's restoration, they'd have done something about the... Read morePublished on September 8, 2010 by Caraculiambro
I started my educational career at UCLA in the History and Sociology departments from 1966 - 1971. I met Charles Burnett one early morning as he was headed to the north campus,... Read morePublished on February 20, 2010 by Thomas M. Penick
Charles Burnett's rediscovered classic is the quiet story of a family in Watts. Stan (Henry Gayle Sanders) is a good man who has nearly been crushed by poverty. Read morePublished on December 14, 2009 by David Bonesteel
I couldn't believe how bad this was.
It did have some entertainment value. I watched this with my wife. Read more