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Killer of Sheep: The Charles Burnett Collection

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  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In addition to his neorealistic classic, KILLER OF SHEEP, Charles Burnett directed a number of stark and gritty portraits of inner-city life. This collection includes many of these works in addition to the title film which he has been most often associated with since its re-discovery. Chronicling the life of a slaughterhouse worker, KILLER OF SHEEP is a masterpiece of understated and devastating American filmmaking. The other titles in this collection, such as MY BROTHER'S WEDDING, THE HORSE, and WHEN IT RAINS mirror Burnett's eye for the nuances of lives trapped between the pressures of poverty, race, and urbanization. This is a compilation of one of America's true auteurs.
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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MILE00107

  • Critic Reviews
    "[A]mazing....[KILLER OF SHEEP] is one of the most quietly moving portraits of black working-class lives ever seen." -- Grade: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[I]t embodies a vigorous recasting of neo-realist principles set to the moody, jazz-like cadences of working-class existence in South Central L.A."
    Film Comment

    "[A] singular accomplishment....Passionate etchings from lived experience."
    Sight and Sound

    5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his has to be one of the all time great directorial debuts, as it captures life in South Central LA in 1977..."

    4 stars out of 5 -- "[H]is first two features offer a shrewd, compassionate view of black urban working-class life, light years away from the macho posturing of blaxploitation."
    Total Film

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