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CHARLES BURNETT’S WATTS

November at the Trylon

In the mid-1970s, a group of African-American filmmakers created work that shed a critical new light on Hollywood’s representation of blacks; they were dubbed the L.A. Rebellion. Their most successful member, writer-director Charles Burnett, created heartfelt family dramas set in the Watts area of South Los Angeles, where he grew up. Honest and thoughtful, his films are at once lyrical and starkly realistic. Learn more at https://perisphere.org/?p=2324.

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Upcoming Films in this Series

Starts Tue, November 19

BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS

(1983, DCP, 80m) dir Billy Woodberry w/Nate Hardman, Kaycee Moore, Angela Burnett. Charlie (Hardman) and Andais (Moore) desperately search for work while trying to care for their young children in this stunning family portrait. Written and shot by Burnett, Bless stands as an L.A. Rebellion masterpiece. MON/TUES 7:00 8:45 

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Starts Sun, November 24

TO SLEEP WITH ANGER

(1990, DCP, 102m) w/Danny Glover, Paul Butler, Mary Alice. Gideon (Butler) and Suzie (Alice) are an aging couple attempting to repair strained relationships with their adult children. Enter an old friend, Harry (Glover), who dredges up superstitions and traditions from the South. To Sleep with Anger is a generational drama that recalls the plays of August Wilson. SUN 7:30 MON/TUES 7:00 9:00

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Past Films in this Series

Starts Sun, November 3

KILLER OF SHEEP

(1978, 35mm, 80m) w/Henry G. Sanders, Kaycee Moore, Jack Drummond. Broken down by his long and repulsive workdays in a slaughterhouse, Stan (Sanders) struggles to find the sensitivity he needs for family life. Burnett’s brilliant critique of capitalism was one of the first 50 films chosen for inclusion in the Library of Congress National Film Registry and was cited as one of the 100 Essential Films by the National Society of Film Critics. Learn more at Perisphere. SUN 7:00 MON/TUES…

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Starts Sun, November 10

MY BROTHER’S WEDDING

(1983, DCP, 81m) w/Everett Silas, Jessie Holmes, Ronnie Bell. Pierce (Silas) must decide which direction he wants to take, as he sees his brother marry an upper-class black woman and deals with a friend who will soon be released from prison. Pierce experiences firsthand fallout when the friend rapes a woman in the back of his parents’ dry-cleaning shop. Eschewing typical exploitative visions of black communities as ghettos, Wedding is both intimate and genuine. SUN 6:30 MON/TUES 7:00 8:45

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Starts Mon, November 18

BLESS THEIR LITTLE HEARTS

(1983, DCP, 80m) dir Billy Woodberry w/Nate Hardman, Kaycee Moore, Angela Burnett. Charlie (Hardman) and Andais (Moore) desperately search for work while trying to care for their young children in this stunning family portrait. Written and shot by Burnett, Bless stands as an L.A. Rebellion masterpiece. MON/TUES 7:00 8:45 

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