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The Annihilation of Fish

(Charles Burnett, 1999) 

Charles Burnett in person

New Restoration | World Premiere

Still from the Annihilation of Fish, a man and a woman wear black formal wear; he is holding an umbrella.

Catch the world premiere of the new restoration of this romantic comedy presented in person by Charles Burnett, the acclaimed director of Killer of Sheep and To Sleep with Anger

Winner of an Honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement, Charles Burnett remains one of our country’s most celebrated independent filmmakers. In his charming The Annihilation of Fish, Lynn Redgrave plays Poinsettia, a former housewife with an imagined lover in the form of 19th-century composer Giacomo Puccini. She moves into a Los Angeles boarding house with an energetic landlady (Margot Kidder). There she meets a Jamaican widower, Fish (James Earl Jones), who has recently been released from a mental institution despite his continued battles against unseen demons. In the face of personal challenges and differences, the couple grows together and begins to discover new things about themselves and the nuances of love and happiness. (108 mins., 4K DCP)

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The Annihilation of Fish, courtesy Milestone Films with Kino Lorber.

"Charles Burnett performs a delightful directorial turn with this funny and tender study of outsiders and misfits finding love and happiness."
Shannon Kelly, UCLA Film & Television Archive

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About the filmmaker

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Charles Burnett is an acclaimed film director, producer, and writer. His films include Killer of Sheep (1978), My Brother’s Wedding (1983), To Sleep with Anger (1990), and The Glass Shield (1994). He was a key figure in the LA Rebellion film movement during the late 1960s to the late 1980s and in 2017 he received an Honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement. 

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Film Foundation with funding by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation, and in collaboration with Milestone Films. Restored from the 35mm original picture negative and 35mm optical track negative. Laboratory services by Roundabout Entertainment, Inc., FotoKem, Audio Mechanics, and Simon Daniel Sound. UCLA Restorationist: Jillian Borders. Special thanks to Charles Burnett, John Demps, Dennis Doros, and Amy Heller.

SUPPORT FOR THIS PRESENTATION PROVIDED BY
Larry and Donna James

FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY 
National Endowment for the Arts 
Ohio Humanities

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY 
Rohauer Collection Foundation

WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY 
Ohio Department of Development

Greater Columbus Arts Council

The Wexner Family 
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Ohio Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts 
CampusParc 
Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme 
The Columbus Foundation 
Nationwide Foundation 
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY 
Mike and Paige Crane 
Axium Packaging 
Nancy Kramer 
Ohio State Energy Partners 
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection 
Larry and Donna James 
Bruce and Joy Soll 
Rebecca Perry Damsen and Ben Towle 
Jones Day 
Alex and Renée Shumate

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