To Sleep with Anger

To Sleep with Anger

Criterion Collection Edition #963

A slow-burning masterwork of the early 1990s, this third feature by Charles Burnett is a singular piece of American mythmaking. In a towering performance, Danny Glover plays the enigmatic southern drifter Harry, a devilish charmer who turns up out of the blue on the South Central Los Angeles doorstep of his old friends. In short order, Harry’s presence seems to cast a chaotic spell on what appeared to be a peaceful household, exposing smoldering tensions between parents and children, tradition and change, virtue and temptation. Interweaving evocative strains of gospel and blues with rich, poetic-realist images, TO SLEEP WITH ANGER is a sublimely stirring film from an autonomous artistic sensibility, a portrait of family resilience steeped in the traditions of African American mysticism and folklore.

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To Sleep with Anger
  • To Sleep with Anger

    Directed by Charles Burnett • 1990 • United States

    A slow-burning masterwork of the early 1990s, this third feature by Charles Burnett is a singular piece of American mythmaking. In a towering performance, Danny Glover plays the enigmatic southern drifter Harry, a devilish charmer who turns up o...

Extras

  • Of Family and Folklore

    The following program featuring director Charles Burnett, actors Danny Glover and Sheryl Lee Ralph, and associate producer Linda Koulisis was produced in 2018.

  • Governors Awards Tribute to Charles Burnett

    For the 2017 Governors Awards, held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, filmmaker Shola Lynch created the following tribute reel dedicated to director Charles Burnett, which features Burnett; filmmakers Julie Dash, Reginald Hudlin, and Robert Townsend; actors Danny Glover, James E...

  • A Walk with Charles Burnett

    Charles Burnett is an unsung master of American cinema who led the way for black independent filmmakers to tell their stories on-screen with poetic-realist revelations like KILLER OF SHEEP and TO SLEEP WITH ANGER. In this installment of the Channel-exclusive series Meet the Filmmakers, Burnett jo...