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Killer of Sheep


Images courtesy of Mileston Films

Killer of Sheep

Restored 35mm print!

(Charles Burnett, 1977)


Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.

Thu, Sep 27, 2007 7 PM
Fri, Sep 28, 2007 7 PM
Sat, Sep 29, 2007 7 PM

"An American masterpiece. Independent to the bone." —Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Created as his thesis film at UCLA, Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep captures the realities of everyday life for a working class African American family in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Often compared to neorealist classics such as The Bicycle Thief or Paisan because of its gritty look, handheld camera, and portrayal of quotidian concerns, Killer of Sheep is one of a handful of the most essential independent films. Long held out of formal distribution routes because of music rights complications, the film is finally getting the release it deserves in a new 35mm print (though originally shot in 16mm) and with abundant accolades. Burnett has also directed such acclaimed films as To Sleep with Anger (1990), The Glass Shield (1994), and Nightjohn (1996) to name just a few. (80 mins., 35mm)

Please note: Due to a last minute scheduling conflict, Mr. Burnett will not be able to attend our screening on September 28. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Enjoy 25% off purchases and complimentary gift-wrapping in the Wexner Center Store, a free film screening, an exclusive gallery tour, and more during Member Appreciation Days, coming up December 3–6.

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