To Sleep with Anger

Thursday, May 25
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1hr 42mins // directed by:Charles Burnett // featuring:Danny Glover, Paul Butler, DeVaughn Nixon

In the late 60s, Charles Burnett and other black UCLA filmmakers known as the L.A. Rebellion, began making films free from Hollywood stereotypes and cliches, films true to the African American experience. Killer of Sheep (1979) is Burnett’s first masterpiece. To Sleep with Anger is his second. Danny Glover gives what many critics consider his very best performance as Harry, a sly down-home trickster who pays a surprise visit to a middle-class L.A. couple and stirs up trouble. 

Family Bonds

Every family member is unique, with his or her own history, personality, demons and needs. Likewise every family. This series of six films by world-class directors presents singular families who are at crossroads and whose fascinating dynamics are reflections of their times and cultures.   

Each screening is preceded by an illuminating introduction and followed by a lively discussion. Join in the exploration of the thematic and cinematic complexities of these exceptional works.

Long-time Coolidge Breakfast Film Club instructor Kaj Wilson was Artistic Director of The Boston Jewish Film Festival for over a decade and former film editor of The Improper Bostonian.