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Killer Of Sheep [DVD]


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  • Actors: Henry G Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett, Eugene Cherry
  • Directors: Charles Burnett
  • Producers: Charles Burnett
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DFINK0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,518 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Low-budget, realist feature drama, recently rediscovered and restored, from acclaimed African-American director Charles Burnett. Stan (Henry G Sanders) is a gentle dreamer whose job at a slaughterhouse is starting to take a toll on his psyche. On top of the pressures of his work, he's also beset by financial problems. Despite these trials, he still manages to find respite and solace in life's simpler pleasures - slow dancing with his wife (Kaycee Moore), embracing his daughter (Angela Burnett), the feel of a warm cup of coffee when he holds it against his cheek. The film offers no quick fix; it presents Stan's life as it is - sometimes bleak, sometimes filled with joy and humour.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 May 2012
Format: DVD
This short (80mins) ultra-low budget 1977 black & white movie is about a family man in one of the African American ghettos of down-town Los Angeles. Many excellent films have been made on this subject since, such as my favourite of this type, Boyz N the Hood.

However, Charles Burnett's snapshot is no hyper-scripted glossy Hollywood affair - it's termed as 'Art-House', presumably because that's the sort of audience who'd have the vision and breadth of cinematic knowledge to see beyond the film's unlovely title and documentary approach and appreciate the underlying story and the lives that are portrayed.

Henry G Sanders, known only as 'Stan' in the cast list, is the slaughterhouseman, I'd say in his late 30's and who is married to 'Stan's wife', (Kaycee Moore). 'Stan's daughter' and 'Stan's son' make up the family unit and we initially see a rabble of black kids throwing stones at a passing goods train and scrapping on waste-ground. Kids then play with spinning tops in concrete jungles, then we cut to butcher hooks being slid along racks, waiting for the to-be killed carcasses.

The grimy, matter-of-fact slaughterhouse scenes are accompanied by, oddly, some rather fragrant classical music, or richly baritoned songs, as if to try to purify or sweeten the images. It's almost balletic, actually. Ironically, it's a trick that works well, as music otherwise is sparse, though a couple of great soul blues records play on occasion, including during a moving slow, close dance between husband and wife..

Stan's friends come round (they have their own names - Bracey & Eugene) but Stan is always tired and is disinterested in both them and, increasingly, with his wife.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By figure of 8 on 24 Mar. 2010
Format: DVD
I was very surprised by how moving this film was;nothing much happens but it is a glimpse or snapshot of African American life in the 1970s.Highly recommended!
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