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  1. paul_quixote's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    Very poetic. The best stuff in this is the best stuff period. Some parts distract from the spell being cast, but overall a really beautiful, strange, sad movie. Had a very small-town vibe. The sequence with the motor is one of the best instances of building tension I've seen. Music=outstanding. Wish there were more like this out there. Movies that deal w/ ordinary life like this. If you know some, please comment!

  2. case/y's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    p sure this was his thesis film too like Wow!!!

  3. Walker's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    This is independent cinema at its finest. Wonderful film.

  4. petit astronaute's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    (35mm | wonderful print, restored and blown up from the original 16mm by the UCLA Film & Television archive)

  5. Zac Weber's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    The emotional nostalgia generated by this film is utterly singular in American cinema, especially those beautiful moments where Charles Burnett's keen ear for music perfectly accentuates the image at hand. The power dynamics in each scene are volatile and occasionally bothersome, but the overall lack of pretension is very refreshing.

  6. o_oo's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    - - - - good kid m.a.a.d. city - - - -

  7. CinemaHouse Productions's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    Neo-realist portrayals of the working-class along with capturing the film's urban backdrop. A tribute to Ozu who also did this in a rather intense yet calm setting. And much like neo-realism or the works of Cassevetes and Bresson, Charles Burnett directs his actors in raw, naturalistic performances. A useful way for non-linear episodic plots where you see people just being themselves and life's tough edge among them.

  8. Ghostman's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    Fireworks made from nothing. As real as it gets.

  9. Bilouaustria's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    It seems somehow inspired by the french new wave and its fresh way of making films : go outside with a small crew and no money and film spontaneously your people (the youth there, the black community here). The one you usually don't get to see on screen. The directing though evokes more Flaherty, where everything is staged but still appear as genuine as can be (here it is never about the plot). Wonderful score.

  10. pirri's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

  11. Andrew Miller's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    The mother watches her child at play, and the fragility of the moment is respected.

  12. Royce Jr.'s rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    Another view of the black people community

  13. Dominic Simard-Jean's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    Beautiful b&w cinematography and impressive filmmaking skills aren't able to make up for this film's complete lack of story.

  14. Tiphaine Tatin de Lattre's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    This film is a must see when you're new to the history of African-American filmmaking. It features one of the most sensual scene in the history of film.

  15. Max Seqgar's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    One sweet & very sour story, with awesome B&W photography. Quite a gem!

  16. Balthaz21's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

  17. baba lola's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    This could have been outstanding. Some of the shots were very interesting, like the one of the children coming out of the crack in the side of the house. I was overcome by a feeling of sadness after seeing this mainly because Burnett has an interesting eye, but sadly the story wanes at times and never really finds its stride. Perhaps that's the genius of it, the mood and tempo somehow reflecting it's chemistry?

  18. Rohan Berry's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    A film quite unlike any other that you'll see, with a keen eye for ways of using reverse tracking for profound dramatic effect - isolation within family and community. This is crisply shot in b&w, yet is hampered by the poor quality of some of the performances. Has a deeply unsettling way with casual violence - kids torture one another, a brother abuses his kid sister, a father beats his boys, etc.

  19. msmichel's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    'This bitter earth, what fruit it bears'. Dinah Washington's song couldn't be more apt in this indie classic looking at an extended family getting by. Famously made for about 5K as an UCLA student thesis film it withstood the passing of time and is now rightly regarded as an essential piece of American cinema history. Poignant, thoughtful, mesmerizing and timeless.

  20. Morgan Sidky's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    I really like straight-forward naturalism like this. I'm not sure if there's some kind of more explicit allegory or something going on here, but it works beautifully as just a slice of life. Also the photography and music are great.

  21. EdieEmm's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    It's the kind of movie I really wanted to like, and a lot of that was well-earned... The soundtrack is perfect. Some scenes are genius. Others, though, were kind of flat. Sadly, by the end, the lacklustre bits had tainted my final impression more than I'd hoped. Still, a significant film; well worth watching. 3.5

  22. Jack Duckworth's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    hazy in parts, clear cutting at others. you never know quite what to feel or think. came into it with a lot of questions, left with even more. excellent composition, fantastic use of music. it reminds me a lot of Gummo.

  23. lisa's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    feels fake as hell to call a movie "powerful" but that's what this was. and cool use of music

  24. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Killer of Sheep

    Más que un testimonio sobre los suburbios, "Killer of sheep" es un testimonio sobre la frustración y el desgano. El personaje principal de Burnett recuerda a los personajes deprimentes de Antonioni. La mirada de este filme no es nada neorealista ya que su mismo sujeto no posee aspiración sino decepción. Hasta la misma sexualidad se encuentra suprimida. En paralelo, un aire documental se teje. Pueblo y estereotipos.

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