Killer of Sheep | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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The first feature (1978) of the highly talented and singular black filmmaker Charles Burnett, all of whose films (including My Brother's Wedding and To Sleep With Anger) are based in Watts; this one deals episodically with the life of a slaughterhouse worker (Henry Sanders). Shot on weekends over a year on a minuscule budget (less than $20,000), this remarkable work was recently selected for preservation by the National Film Registry as one of the key works of the American cinema--an ironic and belated form of recognition for a film that still has had virtually no distribution and has seldom been seen. It shouldn't be missed. (Facets Multimedia Center, 1517 W. Fullerton, Friday and Saturday, January 4 and 5, 7:00 and 9:00; Sunday, January 6, 5:30 and 7:30; and Monday through Thursday, January 7 through 10, 7:00 and 9:00; 281-4114)

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