Started by w/o horse, October 26, 2007, 11:11:35 PM
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Quote from: w/o horse on October 28, 2007, 10:53:49 AMKiller of Sheep, Charles Burnett 1977 and My Brother's Wedding, Charles Burnett 1983. Last night at the Billy Wilder Theater (but the all-night horror marathon at the Aero slipped my mind until this morning so that's kind of a bummer). These two films are a part of some movement that people kept referring to as the LA Rebellion. There might have been a manifesto even. That's the stuff for trivialists though, and what I saw was a great example of regional filmmaking. In both films there's a real bleakness and gloominess hovering in the South Central, a despair that Burnett gives images too, and characters whose stories are never forcing themselves out of their location into ethereal Hollywood elements. I don't think you could watch either film and not identify with the characters, then carry the characters around with you. My Brother's Wedding had a stronger narrative and you could see Burnett become more a storyteller. Killer of Sheep is raw, it stands its misery and celebrations alone, outside of plot, and the children and adults who inhabit the film burn their way into your thoughts. Killer of Sheep reminded me of Kenneth Anger or Harmony Korine in style because each scene was meant to have its own voice. A scene will be just a man and woman dancing to a song in front of a window. Or a boy starting a fight with some girls on the street and the girls taking apart his bike. These two things aren't connected other than temporal and spatial distance but Burnett connects them emotionally, and the total devastation and heartbreak of the film is brilliantly achieved.
Quote from: Pas Rap on April 23, 2010, 07:29:06 AMObviously what you are doing right now is called (in my upcoming book of psychology at least) validation. I think it's a normal thing to do. People will reply, say anything, and then you're gonna do what you were subconsciently thinking of doing all along.
Quote from: Gamblour. on December 18, 2007, 12:20:27 PMw/o horse, are you the Landmark person? I noticed they are screening next week The Red Balloon and White Mane.