Milieu is the main character in Charles Burnett's KILLER OF SHEEP, an essentially plotless look at everyday life in a semi-suburban black neighborhood. The film is probably the most perceptive and poetic study ever done of Americans existing one level above poverty. Produced for a mere
$10,000 with an amateur cast, it was one of fewer than 100 pictures proclaimed "national treasures" by the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1990.
Stan (Henry Gayle Sanders), a slaughterhouse worker, complains to a friend about his hard life. When his son (Jack Drummond) persists in teasing his sister (Angela Burnett), he chases the boy out of the house. Stan's ...