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One of the finest films to explore city versus country, old ways versus new, kin versus kin.
Burnett and his cast tap depths of mystery, soulfulness, and glee.
Despite uncertain pacing, Burnett's evocation of a thriving cultural milieu that embraces both superstition and mysterious wisdom is almost flawless.
It's a very entertaining, complex film, a comedy of unusual substance that also manages to keep the audience in suspense as to when the comedy might dissolve into some kind of vicious melodrama.
Burnett's acute and sensitive direction is free of hackneyed movie conventions; even something as simple as a hello is said differently from the way you've heard it in any other movie.
Though it's extremely slow going at times, "To Sleep With Anger" offers a universal look at familial dynamics, articulated from a uniquely black, warmly poetic perspective.
The greatest film made by a black American...
Subtle and quietly powerful - partly novelistic, partly poetic
Charles Burnett bridges theatrical dialogue, portentous omens, and presentational acting with masterful grace.
If Killer of Sheep is Burnett's masterpiece, this film, an odd combination of drama, comedy, and irony, well-acted by Danny Glover, is his most accessible picture.
An odd little movie -- and a bit too leisurely paced -- that was largely overlooked on its original release.
A poetic and consistently surprising comedy-drama that is clearly a pet project for all its participants.
Didn't do it for me. I don't blame Glover who has been marvellous in other films. It's hard to blame Burnett either after the wonderful work that he did with Killer of Sheep. So how does this go off the rails?
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