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Killer of Sheep is a Film by the Greatest Black American Director in the History of Cinema

by Charles Mudede "Today, you're young.... Too soon, you're old." Some of the most powerful images in all of black cinema are to be found in a black and white movie Charles Burnett completed nearly 40 years ago: (1) Boys battling with rocks, concrete, and cardboard shields; (2) a girl with a dog mask on her head; (3) boys standing upside down with their legs against the wall of a house;(4) a car engine falling out of the back of a “skoroskoro” (a beat-up car); and, my favorite, (5) a young couple dancing to Dinah Washington’s “This Bitter Earth.
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