• Greek Title Σφαγέας Προβάτων
  • Original Title Killer of Sheep
  • Year: 1978
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Country: USA
  • Duration: 80'
  • Director / Scriptwriter: Charles Burnett
  • Cinematography: Charles Burnett
  • Editing: Charles Burnett
  • Sound: Charles Bracy
  • Cast: Henry Gayle Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett, Eugene Cherry
  • Production: Charles Burnett
  • Color: Black & White
  • Audio: Sound
  • Language: English
  • Format: Μη διαθέσιμη πληροφορία
  • Subtitles: Greek
  • Restoration: UCLA Film & Television Archive
  • Print Source: Milestone Film & Video

“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. Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple beauty: the warmth of a coffee cup against his cheek, slow dancing with his wife in the living room, holding his daughter. The film offers no solutions; it merely presents life — sometimes hauntingly bleak, sometimes filled with transcendent joy and gentle humor. The National Society of Film Critics selected it as one of the "100 Essential Films" of all time.

Charles Burnett

Charles Burnett is a writer-director whose work has received extensive honors. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, his family soon moved to the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. Burnett studied creative writing at UCLA before entering the University’s graduate film program. His thesis project, “Killer of Sheep” (1977), won accolades at film festivals and a critical devotion; in 1990, it was among the first titles named to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

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