Lost in the Stars (1974)

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Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson's musical Lost in the Stars is based on Alan Paton's classic novel Cry, The Beloved Country. This film, like the stage musical and the book it was based on, is a moving indictment of racial hatred, made at the height of apartheid.

Lost in the Stars tells the story of small town South African preacher Steven Kumalo, who travels to Johannesburg to find his estranged son. He finds a city where inequalities are magnified, and oppression is virtually impossible to escape, and events spiral into tragedy.

Kurt Weill's score is suitably powerful, with much more depth and intensity than the average musical, with a special emphasis on the chorus. Weill seems to successfully create a bridge between popular music and opera - indeed, the piece has been performed by many operatic companies.

The AFT film of Lost in the Stars is a heartbreaking plea for compassion and humanity in the face of cruelty, adversity and struggle, and it is a film that remains powerful and relevant today.

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Brock Peters
Melba Moore
Raymond St. Jacques
Clifton Davis
Paul Rogers
Paula Kelly
Alan Weeks
Paulene Myers
John Williams
Ivor Barry
Harvey Jason
Ji-Tu Cumbuka
H.B. Barnum III
Directed by
Daniel Mann
Kurt Weill
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding Dual
Musical 1974 97 576i (PAL) 1 2 3 4 5 6
Widescreen 1.78:1, 16x9 Enhanced
English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Main Menu Introduction, Menu Animation & Audio, Featurette-Interview With Edie Landau (Executive In Charge Of AFT), Trailer-American Film Theatre Trailer Gallery (10), Notes-AFT Cinebill For Lost InThe Stars, Gallery-Photo-Stills, Gallery-Poster, Notes, Notes-A Letter From Ely Landau
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