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Cry, the Beloved Country

Alan Paton's best-selling novel which was made into a Broadway musical Lost in the Stars [1949], has been turned into an absorbing pic. Filmed in its native South African locale, and in London, the pic emerges as a very moving film, full of simplicity and charm.

Alan Paton’s best-selling novel which was made into a Broadway musical Lost in the Stars [1949], has been turned into an absorbing pic. Filmed in its native South African locale, and in London, the pic emerges as a very moving film, full of simplicity and charm.

The picture is a strong social document in its study of the perplexed conditions of a submerged native population ruled by the whites in South Africa.

More particularly, Cry is the story of a simple, native Negro country preacher (Canada Lee), who goes to the big city of Johannesburg to seek a missing sister and wayward son, and who finds both in the crime-ridden, slum elements of the city.

Lee’s performance, restrained and underplayed, is a rich, heartwarming portrayal, dominating the film. Sidney Poitier is manly and striking as a young Negro preacher.

Cry, the Beloved Country

UK

  • Production: London/British Lion. Director Zoltan Korda; Producer Zoltan Korda; Screenplay Alan Paton; Camera Robert Krasker; Editor David Eady; Music R. Gallois-Montbrun;; Art Director Wilfrid Shingleton
  • Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1952. Running time: 103 MIN.
  • With: Canada Lee Charles Carson Sidney Poitier Joyce Carey Geoffrey Keen Michael Goodliffe