Electric Sheep Summer 08
The Cool World: Cinema and Jazz USA
‘This bitter earth/Can it be so cold’, laments Dinah Washington on the soundtrack of Charles Burnett’s Killer of Sheep, a film defined as much by its stark monochrome images as by the heart-rending jazz tunes that breathe soul into them. A lost gem for thirty years, Killer of Sheep is re-released in the UK this month and to celebrate the belated recognition of one of American independent cinema’s greats, we look at the influence of jazz on film in the US with articles on Shirley Clarke, John Cassavetes, Jim Jarmusch and Beat cinema among others.
Also in this issue: Edinburgh Film Festival, Flipside: Psychedelia, How Manga Took Over the World, interviews with Charles Burnett and Tom Kalin.