Cry, the Beloved Country (1951 film)
|Cry, the Beloved Country|
|Directed by||Zoltán Korda|
|Produced by||Zoltan Korda
|Written by||Alan Paton (novel & screenplay)
John Howard Lawson (screenplay) originally uncredited
|Music by||Raymond Gallois-Montbrun|
|Edited by||David Eady|
|Distributed by||British Lion Films (UK)
Lopert Pictures (US)
|January 23, 1952 (US)
April 25, 1952 (UK)
|Box office||£95,433 (UK)|
Cry, the Beloved Country is a 1951 British drama film directed by Zoltán Korda. Based on the novel of the same name by Alan Paton, it stars Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier, and Charles Carson. This film was Canada Lee's last film.
In the back country of South Africa, black minister Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee) journeys to the city to search for his missing son Absolom, only to find his people living in squalor and Absolom a criminal after committing murder. Kumalo's friend and fellow minister, Reverend Misimangu (Sidney Poitier) is a young South African clergyman who helps find Kumalo's sons and sister-turned-prostitute in the slums of Johannesburg. Both work together to confront the harsh reality of apartheid and what it is doing to both white and black South Africans.
- Canada Lee as Stephen Kumalo
- Charles Carson as James Jarvis
- Sidney Poitier as Reverend Msimangu
- Joyce Carey as Margaret Jarvis
- Geoffrey Keen as Father Vincent
- Michael Goodliffe as Martens, Probation Official at Reformatory
- Edric Connor as John Kumalo, Brother of Stephen
- Charles McRae as Church Friend of Stephen
- Lionel Ngakane as Absolom Kumalo, Son of Stephen
- Vivien Clinton as Mary (Wedded to Absolom)
Zoltan Korda's acclaimed smash film was shot entirely in South Africa. Since the country was ruled by strict apartheid (enforced racial separation) laws, stars Sidney Poitier and Canada Lee and producer/director Korda cooked up a scheme where they told the South African immigration authorities that Poitier and Lee were not actors but were Korda's indentured servants; otherwise, the two black actors and the white director would have been arrested or detained before arrest followed by jail without trial. It marked the first time a major film was shot in the racially divided country, leading to serious exposing of life over there. After the making of this film, Canada Lee planned to make a full report about life in South Africa: he was then called to appear before the House Un-American Activities Committee to explain his actions, but died of heart failure before he could testify.
- Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p498
- "2nd Berlin International Film Festival: Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2009-12-22.
- "Festival de Cannes: Cry, the Beloved Country". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-01-17.
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