Killer of Sheep examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse.
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Good film overall - very real, thought I was watching a docu at one point...
I have to say though - The daughter stuck out for me even though she was more or less in the background doing what children do best - The scene where she's singing along to the tune on the radio...get's me everytime!
A fascinating panorama of African-American life in LA...its solitude must have been the seeds of DGG's "George Washington". Each film portrays a group tragically bound to their poverty, unable to escape it---unable to call it something. They just live; work, raise children, get in fights...and try to survive. I love the documentary aspects of the film with the pasting of do-wop over the images. Loose & Undemanding.
I've seen the film three times now. This last time it seemed to me like a precursor of In Vanda's Room as if directed by one of Vanda's neighbors. Burnet knows what he is filming as deeply as any director has known what she or he films. Exquisite depth of field shots allow you to enter a world and strip away your preconceptions. Some of the acting is subpar but it hardly matters. The dance scene kills me every time.
One of the most influential, ahead of its time American films ever made. In its unsparing look at the disadvantaged and its masterful camera work, it is akin to Ray's Pather Panchali, yet in a class by itself. A clear precursor not just to films like Do The Right Thing and Menace II Society, but indie films in general. Poetic, heartbreaking, vivid, humane, haunting. One of the greatest films ever made.
Honestly, I found it to be really uninteresting. While Killer of Sheep had the potential to be a great film, it completely bypasses that opportunity with a script that creates only a vague impression of story and character. Mostly we just watch grungy people do grungy things, and it comes off as a forceful attempt at transcendence. Nice compositions though.