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1990. USA. Written and directed by Charles Burnett. With Danny Glover, Paul Butler, DeVaughan Nixon, Mary Alice. One of independent American cinema’s true masters (and the subject of a MoMA retrospective in 2011), Charles Burnett is perhaps best known for his 1981 masterpiece Killer of Sheep. To Sleep with Anger is every bit that film's equal, a modern-day trickster narrative that draws significantly from traditions of African American folklore, and adds an undercurrent of the mystical to the poetic realism found in his earlier work. A film about the specter of migration, To Sleep with Anger centers on Harry Mention, a stranger in the village (played with satanic charm by Danny Glover) who threatens the domestic harmony and patriarchal authority of a contemporary middle-class black family in Los Angeles. Courtesy Sony Pictures Releasing. 102 min.