To Sleep With Anger


A slow-burning masterwork of the early 1990s, this third feature by acclaimed filmmaker Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep) is a singular piece of American mythmaking.

“This eccentric comedy-drama is a truly folkloric film. Danny Glover gives his best performance … director Charles Burnett and his cast tap depths of mystery, soulfulness, and glee.” – Michael Sragow, New Yorker

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. (Dir. by Charles Burnett, 1990, USA, 102 mins., Rated PG)

Thanks to our community partner, Tucson Black Film Club!