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  • Actors: Brock Peters, Melba Moore, Raymond St. Jacques, Clifton Davis, Paul Rogers
  • Directors: Daniel Mann
  • Writers: Alan Paton, Alfred Hayes, Maxwell Anderson
  • Producers: Edward Lewis, Ely A. Landau, Les Landau, Robert A. Goldston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Kino Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000TPAD8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,381 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lost in the Stars" on IMDb

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The American Film Theater's Lost in the Stars transforms Alan Paton's world famous novel of racial oppression, Cruy of the Beloved Country, into a tragic and beautiful film musical unlike any you've ever seen. Gilded by Kirt Weill's (Threepenny Opera) lucid lyrics and powerful music, and guided by Daniel Mann's (Playing for Time) sensitive direction, this one-of-a-kind film is both a heartbreaking indictment of a cruel society and a poetic testament to the millions of forgotten lives ground beneath the heel of apartheid. Brock Peters (To Kill a Mockingbird) is Stephen Kumalo, a black South African minister searching the unfamiliar back alleyss shanty towns of Johannesburg for his son, Absalom. But Kumalo's unwavering faith is put to the test when he finds Absalom in jail facing a capital murder charge. Courage, dignity and sacrifice fall prey to the whirlwind of racist hypocrisy and hollow justice in Absalom's trial. Absalom's reunion and reconciliation with hsi father, his jailhouse marriage to his pregnant sweetheart Irina (Melba Moore), and his heroic determination to tell the truth no matter the cost set the stage for a tragic climax of both epic proportion and documentary immediacy. Peters, whom Weill declared, "one of the greatest voices of American theatre," delivers a flawlessly moving performance. Singing the title song, "Lost in the Stars," in an empty church to which he will never return, Kumalo's agony offers spiritual richness in place of poverty and human grace in place of prejudice, even as his heart becomes another casualty of vicous ethnic hatred.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Friedman on July 29, 2013
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My only reason for not giving this 5 stars is my familiarity with, and fondness for, the original cast (audio) recording. That is well-nigh unbeatable, but this is a fine video substitute.
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Kurt Weill is one of my very favorite theater composers and Lost in the Stars is his last and musically greatest score. The book by Maxwell Anderson does not hamstring Weill the way his book for Knickerbocker Holiday does (so dated politically that it dampens the vitality of Weill's score). The two authors find an almost perfect way to dramatize Allan Paton's immortal novel of aparteid "Cry the Beloved County" which is too sweeping for a literal telling. The singing chorus imparting important sections of the drama is very effective. Hence it is not a piece that will lend itself to film with its harsh realism. The opening sequences, "There is a Lovely Hill" by the chorus and "Thousands of Miles" by the protagonist Steven Kamalo are riviting as the camera work shows us the devastation of the Lower Hills and the poverty that these characters inhabit. From there on some strange dramatic choices are made. Lost in the Stars is not a perfect musical theater piece, but from begining to end it has a unified point of view. Serious changes are made to the original, the character of Absalom Kumalo is more musically prominant and the role of Irina, his pregnant girl friend is wrongly taken by Melba Moore. She is a vivid pressence but does not play the character that Weill and Anderson have written. Which brings us Brock Peters as Stephen Kumalo giving a performance of great dramatic depth, well sung as well. He doesn't have the vocal chops that Todd Duncan (the world's first Porgy in Porgy and Bess) brought but who ever would? His performance is far more exciting than Arthur Woodley's in the only complete recording of the work, but in some ways I prefer Woodley's reserves of voice where Brock Peters uses every bit of his vocal resouces.Read more ›
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By Estellelight on July 19, 2014
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Faith yields to REALITY
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Esteemed Protector on February 20, 2006
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Based on the famous "Cry the Beloved Country", "Lost in the Stars" does its best to invoke the passion and outrage of the former, but only does so to an extent.

The songs are so-so, the directing so-so, some things are better off left as straight drama.
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