Assistive Technologies

To Sleep with Anger

1hr 42mins
Directed by
Charles Burnett
Danny Glover,
Paul Butler,
Mary Alice,
Sheryl Lee Ralph


Thu 2/09
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Co-presented by RoxFilm!

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. — Criterion Collection

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