Monday, July 30, 2007

Ordinary Life in the Movies

Read Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" entry on Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep.

Ebert writes:

"Ordinary daily life is one of the hardest things for a movie to portray, because so many other movies have trained us to expect patterns and plots. In my own 1977 review of Charles Burnett's 'Killer of Sheep,' I made that mistake of expectation, in a sentence so wrong-headed it cries out to be corrected: 'But instead of making a larger statement about his characters, he chooses to show them engaged in a series of daily routines, in the striving and succeeding and failing that make up a life in which, because of poverty, there is little freedom of choice.'"

I nattered on a bit about it here.

Digging this movie,

James "Check It Out If You Can" Comtois

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