Killer Of Sheep
Monday, 10 November, 2008 at 7:30pm
Replacing the scheduled film, Los Olvidados (withdrawn by its distributors), Killer Of Sheep is one of the lost masterpieces of American cinema, or was until its rerelease, in a new print, earlier this year. Charles Burnett’s extraordinary portrayal of life in the Los Angeles ghetto of Watts was lavishly praised for its gritty but almost poetic realism, at times bleak but with moments of joy, and for its humour and its eclectic music. It was copyright problems with some of the music, which ranges from Dinah Washington and Louis Armstrong to George Gershwin and Rachmaninov, that led to the film’s absence from cinema screens for so many years.
We will also be showing a 10-minute British film, Paul Berry’s 1991 gothic horror animation The Sandman.
Director: Charles Burnett
Starring: Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett, Eugene Cherry, Jack Drummond
Original Release: USA. 1977. Rereleased 2008
Running Time: 83 mins
Black & White