"I mean, an animal has his teeth, and a man has his fists..."
A series of short vignettes about the nature of life in a post-riots Watts, one of LA's most dilapidated areas. Steeped in almost eerie realism, it's not as much a story as observations, ones that lean on small social interactions in an embattled community.
I like this a lot: interesting music cues, a brisk 80-minutes and a real sense of unfiltered reality. It's like a window into a time, a historical document delivered by way of a grounded story and some novel framing. That's not to diminish the achievement of Charles Burnett, who turns something that seems hardly compelling into an interesting and engaging mosaic of desire, corruption and the everyday struggle.
Was fun to catch the cover of Mos Def's 'The Ecstatic' as well!