(USA/1983) Directed by Charles Burnett
The second film by the superb African-American director Charles Burnett – following his acclaimed Killer of Sheep – is a tragic comedy that takes place in South Central L.A. It tells the story of a young man who hasn’t made much of his life as of yet, and at a crucial moment he is unable to make the proper decision. The film insightfully examines the differing duties of family and friends as well as complexities of class within the African-American community. Saddled with production troubles and an inadequate theatrical release, Burnett’s extraordinary film languished on the shelf for years, and at last it’s available – for the first time – in the director’s preferred cut. Film critic (and ex-Detroiter) Armond White called the film’s original poor distribution “a catastrophic blow to the development of American popular culture… the ‘suppression’ of My Brother’s Wedding damaged the cultural awareness of American artists who learn from other contemporary achievements.” This restoration will undoubtedly change that. (82 min.) Thu. at 7:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. at 9:30 p.m.
"Humorous, loving and honest... a feature of astonishing richness and density." -A.O. Scott, The New York Times
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