Charles Burnett

Sog.: Charles Burnett. Mus.: Stephen James Taylor. Int.: Ayuko Babu, Florence Bracy, Kenny Merritt, Juno Lewis, Charles Bracy, Brittany Bracy, Soul, Billy Woodberry. Prod.: Chantal Bernheim per Leapfrog Production · DCP. Col.

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

This beautifully inflected 12-minute jazz fable by Charles Burnett is close to the feeling of Killer of Sheep (1978), his first feature, though the poetic narration represents a real departure. This is one of those rare movies in which jazz forms directly influence film narrative: set in Los Angeles, the slender plot involves a good Samaritan trying to raise money from ghetto neighbors for a young mother who’s about to be evicted, and each person he goes to see registers like a separate solo chorus in a 12-bar blues.

Ehsan Khoshbakht and
Jonathan Rosenbaum

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