Friday, June 18, 2004

Cry the beloved country

UK/1951/103 mins/PG. Dir: Zoltan Korda.

Sidney Poitier is among the stars of this classic exposé of racist attitudes, with a script by the author of the original novel, Alan Paton. The Reverend Kumalo journeys apprehensively to Johannesburg to find his errant son. His experiences of the city soon confirm his fears. The son is played by Lionel Ngakane, who became a figurehead for the post-apartheid South African cinema and who died at the end of 2003.


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