Film

Killer of Sheep

Part of Modern Cinema

Saturday, July 14, 2018
1 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

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Charles Burnett, Killer of Sheep, 1978 (still); photo: courtesy of Photofest

“Like a slow crescendo, Killer of Sheep became one of L.A. Rebellion’s most widely celebrated films over the course of many years....The focus is slaughterhouse worker Stan (novelist, playwright, and actor Henry Gayle Sanders) whose dispiriting job wears him down, alienates him from his family, and becomes an unspoken metaphor for the ongoing pressures of economic malaise. Burnett finds lyricism by combining quotidian images — children playing on rooftops or Stan and his wife slow-dancing in their living room — with a highly evocative soundtrack of African American music.”
— UCLA Film and Television Archive

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive.


Film Details

Country: USA
Language: English
Year: 1978
Running time: 80 min
Format: 35 mm
Director: Charles Burnett
Screenwriters: Charles Burnett
Producer: Charles Burnett
Cinematographer: Charles Burnett
Editor: Charles Burnett
Source: UCLA Film & Television Archive


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