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Killer of Sheep

Willard Straight Theatre
Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019 at 7:00 PM (ET)

Charles Burnett (To Sleep With Anger), who made this
film for $10,000 while in film school at UCLA, served as the film’s
writer, director, editor, producer, and cameraman. Shot in LA’s Watts
neighborhood in the mid-1970s, the meditative film follows a few random
incidents in the life of the introspective, depressed Stan, a
slaughterhouse worker with insomnia. The outstanding soundtrack features
artists such as Little Walter, Earth, Wind and Fire, Arthur “Big Boy”
Crudup, and Elmore James: Burnett has said he envisioned it as an aural
history of African American popular music. The film is notable not for
its characters or its milieu (though both are striking) but its
outstanding sensitivity and inspired pacing, framing, and imagery. One
of the first 50 culturally significant films to be preserved in the
Library of Congress by the National Film Registry.

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