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Lost in Stars

Lost in Stars

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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 alleys 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 his 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 viscous ethnic hatred.

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    Title: Lost in Stars
    Genre: Drama, Foreign
    Starring: John Hawker, William Glover, John Holland, Ivor Barry, Brock Peters, Harvey Jason, H. B. Barnum III
    Director: Daniel Mann
    Attributes: Widescreen
    Release Date: 11/11/2003
    Original Year: 1974
    Product Type: DVD
    Rated: G
    Catalog #: 2932
    UPC: 738329029326
    Item #: KOV002932

    Technical Information

    Street Date: 11/11/2003
    Closed Caption: No
    Run Time: 97 minutes
    Studio: Kino Video