×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Lost in the Stars
     

Lost in the Stars

Director: Daniel Mann

Cast: Ivor Barry, William Glover, John Hawker

 

See All Formats & Editions

Lost in the Stars was an American Film Theatre adaptation of the musical play by Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill--which in turn was based on the Alain Paton novel Cry the Beloved Country. Brock Peters portrays a South African minister who goes to the Big City to locate his son Raymond St. Jacques, who is now a criminal in the eyes of the white rulers.

Overview

Lost in the Stars was an American Film Theatre adaptation of the musical play by Maxwell Anderson and Kurt Weill--which in turn was based on the Alain Paton novel Cry the Beloved Country. Brock Peters portrays a South African minister who goes to the Big City to locate his son Raymond St. Jacques, who is now a criminal in the eyes of the white rulers. The minister forges a curious, foredoomed friendship with a white farmer (Paul Rogers). Lost in the Stars has sometimes been accused of blunting the edge of Paton's angry study of the cruelties of Apartheid; fans of musical theatre will be more politely inclined to this loving filmization of the Broadway play. On its own, Cry the Beloved Country was previously filmed in 1951, with Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier and Charles Carson.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Lost in the Stars is a far from perfect musical, but its strengths are such that most viewers willingly overlook its flaws. Criticized by many for presenting a view of apartheid that they see as somewhat patronizing (a charge that applies equally to the book upon which the musical is based), the larger problem with Stars is that Maxwell Anderson and Alfred Hayes' screenplay is often too earnest and polemical. Still, the writers have created a basic human situation that is compelling and engrossing, and this more often triumphs over the occasional didacticism. Most importantly, Stars benefits from a glorious, transcendent Kurt Weill score that includes the haunting and overwhelming title song and the tortured "Cry the Beloved Country," as well as the beautiful "Trouble Man." Director Daniel Mann's work is a tad unimaginative, especially given the material, but he handles his cast very well. Brock Peters scores impressively as the minister, torn between his God and his son, and a young Melba Moore does extremely well as Irina. Though not as cinematic as one might wish, Stars is undeniably powerful.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2003
UPC:
0738329029326
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
G
Source:
Kino Video
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
59,752

Special Features

Theatrical trailer; "Kurt Weill, Maxwell Anderson, and Lost in the Stars" - an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice; The AFT Cinebill for Lost in the Stars; An Interview With Edie Landau - Executive in Charge, the American Film Theatre; Ely Landau: In Front of the Camera - AFT promotional reel - 1974; The American Film Theatre trailer gallery - includes a complete list of the AFT films; The American Film Theatre Scrapbook; Enhanced for 16x9 TVs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ivor Barry Carmichael
William Glover Eland
John Hawker Paulus
John Holland Van Jarsdale
Harvey Jason Arthur Jarvis
Brock Peters Stephen Kumalo
Paul Rogers James Jarvis
Raymond St. Jacques John Kumalo
Myrna White Linda
John Williams Judge
Michael-James Wixted Edward Jarvis
Melba Moore Irina
Clifton Davis Absalom
Paulene Myers Grace
Paula Kelly Rose
Alan Weeks Matthew
Ji-Tu Cumbuka Johannes
H.B. Barnum Alex

Technical Credits
Daniel Mann Director
Edward Lewis Producer
Walter A. Hannemann Editor
Robert B. Hauser Cinematographer
Alfred Hayes Screenwriter
Paula Kelly Choreography
Ely Landau Producer
Alex North Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Henry T. Weinstein Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "The Hills of Ixopo" [4:18]
2. "Train to Johannesburg" [9:06]
3. "Thousands of Miles" [5:25]
4. "The Little Gray House" [4:35]
5. "Big Mole" [7:38]
6. "Trouble Man" [8:52]
7. "Murder in Parkwold" [2:03]
8. "Fear!" [9:17]
9. "Lost in the Stars" [4:04]
10. "Stay Well" [3:54]
11. "O Tixo, Tixo, Help Me!" [11:25]
12. "Cry the Beloved Country" [6:37]
13. The Sermon [1:47]
14. "Cry the Beloved Country" (Reprise) [10:21]

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews