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To Sleep With Anger (free)

  • Vilas Hall 821 University Avenue Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)

UW Cinematheque's first in-person filmmaker visit this season is with Charles Burnett, who will give a Distinguished Lecture Series talk at the Union Theater on Thursday night, then introduce this Friday screening of his 1990 film To Sleep With Anger and hold a post-screening discussion. Burnett was born in Mississippi but mostly raised in the Watts section of Los Angeles, and his connections to both places have a profound impact on his films' nuanced portrayals of African-American life. In To Sleep With Anger, a married couple in Watts (Paul Butler and Mary Alice) welcome an unexpected visit from their old friend Harry (Danny Glover). But Harry turns out to be an eccentric and menacing figure, and his presence stirs up discord and sickness. This one would be worth it for Glover's performance alone—"Glover is an actor of considerable presence, and here he lets us know his character is from hell, and hardly has to raise his voice," Roger Ebert once wrote—Burnett's visit makes it a must-attend for Madison film fans. —Scott Gordon

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