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Charles BurnettA Cinema of Symbolic Knowledge$
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James Naremore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520285521

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520285521.001.0001

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Killer of Sheep (1977)

Killer of Sheep (1977)

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(p.24) Three Killer of Sheep (1977)
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Charles Burnett
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James Naremore

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285521.003.0003

This chapter discusses Burnett’s most celebrated film, which was completed as an MFA thesis and became one of the first movies to be designated by the Library of Congress as a national treasure. Shot on weekends using residents of Watts as actors and crew, Killer of Sheep describes the everyday life of a man who works in a sheep slaughterhouse. A film made up of short vignettes, it gives an alternately sad, humorous, and grim account of a black father who struggles for the survival of his family.

Keywords:   black families, Watts, neorealism, music, blues form, labor, children, unorthodox narrative, acting

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