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Killer of Sheep (1977)

US 81m, B&W
Director: Charles Burnett; Cast: Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett

Killer of Sheep is a low-budget film school documentary style dramatization of African-American life in the Watts District of Los Angeles, California during the late 1970s.  Lacking any real plot, but drawing on the film maker’s own experiences, this simple film is a series of days in the life of its characters, whose lives are characterized by monotony and boredom. Working in a slaughterhouse, Stan supports his wife and two children, while his friends attempt to convince him to join them in criminal activities as a means to break free from the daily toil of his mundane existence. Employing largely non-professional actors and shooting primarily on-location, Burnett’s film is unique for its time, especially when compared to contemporary African-American film makers, many of who were making “Blaxploitation” style films (Klaus Ming June 2011).

One comment on “Killer of Sheep (1977)

  1. Klaus
    06/28/2011

    I can’t believe I actually found a used DVD of this at Blockbuster for $5!

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