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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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My Brother’s Wedding (1983)

My Brother’s Wedding (1983)

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(p.47) Four My Brother’s Wedding (1983)
Source:
Charles Burnett
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James Naremore

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520285521.003.0004

This color film has a double plot involving a young man in Watts who works in his family’s dry-cleaning store and who fails to fulfill two commitments he has made. He promises to serve as best man at his brother’s wedding and, at the same time, to protect his best friend, who has just been released from prison. In the end, the young man leaves his brother’s wedding just before it starts and arrives too late to attend his friend’s funeral. Shifting between satire and tragedy, the film incisively portrays generational and class conflict in black society.

Keywords:   double plot, humor, satire, black class conflict, black generational conflict, religion, crime, color photography, Watts

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