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Bless Their Little Hearts
(Bless Their Little Hearts)

by Billy WOODBERRY

Bless Their Little Hearts

Written and filmed by Charles Burnett, the first feature film of Billy Woodberry – another pillar of the LA Rebellion movement (he worked on Alile Sharon Larkin’s first films and was an actor for Hailé Gerima) – Bless Their Little Heartsfinds the same devastation, seven years on from Killer of Sheep, that unemployment inflicts on the Watts neighborhood, which had been gutted by the 1965 riots. Charles Burnett’s film staged the stagnation of a family, but the children’s energy left a ray of hope. For Billy Woodberry, the children have interrupted their quest and fallen silent : they form the silent choir of a slow-moving disaster, embodied by a couple that is foundering without managing to find an anchor. The film espouses the rhythm of a lament sung in a minor key. Speed has given way to the immobilism of a circle that inexorably closes on itself. Hugues Perrot

  • Titre français
    Bless Their Little Hearts
  • Original title
    Bless Their Little Hearts
  • Scénario
    Charles Burnett
  • Photo
    Charles Burnett
  • Montage
    Billy Woodberry
  • Interprétation
    Nate Hardman, Kaycee Moore, Angela Burnett
  • Production
    Billy Woodberry
  • Distribution
    Milestone Films
  • Support de projection
    DCP
  • Sous-titrage
    VOSTF

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