I’m kicking off 2023 by trying to watch and review one movie every day for the first 90 days, all of which will be 90 minutes or less.
Title: Killer of Sheep
Release Date: November 14, 1978
Director: Charles Burnett
Production Company: Third World Newsreel
This slice-of-life drama set in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts depicts the everyday lives of working class Black Americans. The central character Stan (Henry G. Sanders) works in a slaughterhouse – hence the film’s title – but the movie is mostly vignettes around Stan’s household and in the neighborhood. In fact, there are large portions of the film where he is absent, especially the extended sequences of children playing.
Killer of Sheep adopts the Italian neorealist style with a cast of largely nonprofessional actors to great effect. It also has some excellent needle drops of classic jazz and soul tracks. In fact, gaining clearance for the soundtracks was an obstacle to the movie getting a wider release for a long time. I definitely want to check out more of Charles Burnett’s work now that I’ve watched this one.
5 thoughts on “90 Movies in 90 Days: Killer of Sheep (1978)”
Looks fabulous. Where did you find it?
Kanopy. It’s on DVD too so your library should have it.
Just looked at the library system and at Hoopla which I think is your Kanopy equivalent and not there.
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Also tried to find any movies directed by Burnett. Nada.