To Sleep with Anger


Sunday, Nov. 6 at 8:00pm
Tivoli Theatre

The fine new restoration of director Charles’ Burnett’s “To Sleep with Anger” concludes SLIFF’s two-part tribute to the Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, which begins with an afternoon screening of “Killer of Sheep.” Burnett's beautiful, poetic masterpiece is novelistic in its narrative density and richness of characterization. Harry Mention (a magnetic Danny Glover), an enigmatic drifter from the South, comes to visit an old acquaintance named Gideon (Paul Butler), who now lives in South-Central Los Angeles. Harry's charming, down-home manner hides a malicious penchant for stirring up trouble, and he exerts a strange and powerful effect on the people in the town. The deep cast includes Mary Alice, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Carl Lumbly. The New Yorker’s Michael Sragow writes: “This eccentric comedy-drama is a truly folkloric film. Burnett and his cast tap depths of mystery, soulfulness, and glee.”

102 min.

Directed by

Charles Burnett

Film Category

Archival Presentations Race in America: The Black Experience


With director Burnett, a Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, and scholar Rebecca Wanzo (Washington U. associate professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and associate director of the Center for the Humanities).

Co-presented with St. Louis Public Library