Film Series : Recently Restored 2017

Bless Their Little Hearts

1984, Billy Woodberry, USA, 86 min. With Nate Hardman, Kaycee Moore.

Show Times

  • Sat, Sep 9th 5:00pm
  • Mon, Sep 11th 6:00pm

"This wonderful neorealist look at a working-class black family in South Central LA is worthy of being placed alongside Burnett's KILLER OF SHEEP. Passionately recommended." — Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Billy Woodberry's first (and, to date, only) dramatic feature was scripted and photographed by his colleague in the UCLA-centered "LA Rebellion" movement, Charles Burnett. Although it and KILLER OF SHEEP are individually distinctive works, together they form a powerful statement on African American manhood, labor, and family life in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles during the difficult period between the 1965 and 1992 uprisings. The film centers on Charlie Banks (Hardman), whose position as head of a lower-income family is eaten away by chronic unemployment and his own evasions of responsibility. Woodberry's supremely observant style allows revelatory insights to emerge effortlessly from everyday activities, aided by ultra-naturalistic performances that peak in a celebrated, electrifying domestic argument filmed in an unbroken ten-minute take.

Preceded by Woodberry's short film THE POCKETBOOK (1980, 13 min.), based on a short story by Langston Hughes, in which an abandoned boy's attempted purse-snatching leads to a glimpse of another kind of life. 2K DCP digital restorations from Milestone Film & Video. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first "Recently Restored" film on any Saturday in September, and get a ticket for the second "Recently Restored" film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.

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