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Killer of Sheep (DVD) Killer of Sheep (DVD)

The tender, witty and affectionate tale of a disillusioned slaughterhouse worker, and the solace to be found in the simplest moments of life.

The tender, witty and affectionate tale of a disillusioned slaughterhouse worker, and the solace to be found in the simplest moments of life.

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Killer of Sheep is an undisputed masterpiece of African-American filmmaking and one of the most poetic, perceptive dramas ever made about family and community. This acclaimed tale of a disillusioned slaughterhouse worker, and the solace to be found in the simplest moments of life, is tender, witty and affectionate. With lovely neorealist photography – capturing the long, hot days of 1970s Los Angeles – and a gorgeous blues soundtrack (Dinah Washington, Paul Robeson and Little Walter all feature) the film has a quiet emotional power. It received widespread critical acclaim following its recent rediscovery and restoration.

Killer of Sheep was one of the first films selected by the Library of Congress for their prestigious National Film Registry, for its cultural significance and artistic importance.

"One of the greatest unseen American movies." The Guardian

Killer of Sheep is an undisputed masterpiece of African-American filmmaking and one of the most poetic, perceptive dramas ever made about family and community. This acclaimed tale of a disillusioned slaughterhouse worker, and the solace to be found in the simplest moments of life, is tender, witty and affectionate. With lovely neorealist photography – capturing the long, hot days of 1970s Los Angeles – and a gorgeous blues soundtrack (Dinah Washington, Paul Robeson and Little Walter all feature) the film has a quiet emotional power. It received widespread critical acclaim following its recent rediscovery and restoration.

Killer of Sheep was one of the first films selected by the Library of Congress for their prestigious National Film Registry, for its cultural significance and artistic importance.

"One of the greatest unseen American movies." The Guardian

Extras

  • Exclusive new 20 minute interview with Charles Burnett
  • Feature commentary with Charles Burnett and Richard Pea (Programme Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Centre)
  • Burnett early shorts: Several Friends (1969, 21 minutes) and The Horse (1973, 13 minutes)
  • Fully illustrated booklet.

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Additional Info

SKU 5035673007167
Catalogue Number BFIVD716
Subtitle A film by Charles Burnett
Product contents
  • Exclusive new 20 minute interview with Charles Burnett.
  • Feature commentary with Charles Burnett and Richard Pea (Programme Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Centre).
  • Burnett early shorts: Several Friends (1969, 21 min) and
Year 1977
Director Burnett, Charles
Format DVD
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries United States
Aspect ratio 1.33:1
Colour Black/white
Sound Sound
Subtitles English for the hard-of-hearing
Running time 77
DVD region 2
Certificate 15

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