Killer of Sheep (US, 1977)

Stan (Henry G. Sanders) in the film KILLER OF SHEEP, a Milestone Film & Video release.

Stan (Henry G. Sanders) in the film KILLER OF SHEEP, a Milestone Film & Video release.

Staying close in adversity

16mm black and white does look good particularly in this film where Burnett uses long lens and unusual angles to great effect. The elliptical storytelling works well too, almost a collage of events with kids doing what kids do punctuated by Stan (Henry G Sanders) trying to make ends meet.

The ‘killer of sheep’ metaphor works well as we’re left to observe his work in the slaughter house and so it never becomes heavy handed. Great to see this film revived; that’s what the Bfi should be for.

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