Lost in the Stars

Directed by Daniel Mann

Year: 1974
Running Time: 97
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English [audio]
Booking Inquiry Shop Home Video

Lost in the Stars

Cast
Raymond St. Jacques
Clifton Davis
Melba Moore
Brock Peters

Crew
Produced by Ely Landau
Directed by Daniel Mann


The American Film Theatre's Lost in the Stars transforms Alan Paton's world famous novel of racial oppression, Cry the Beloved Country, into a tragic and beautiful film musical unlike any you've ever seen. Gilded by Maxwell Anderson's lucid lyrics and Kurt Weill's (The Three Penny Opera) 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 and shantytowns 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 her 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 great 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 vicious ethnic hatred.

Reviews

"Stunning in its simplicity...haunting music here splendidly done." - Emerson Batdorff - The Cleveland Plain-Dealer

Brock Peters is outstanding...his ending scene is a triumph." - Atlanta Jounal Constitution

Hi-Res Poster

Trailer Embed Code

Interested in bringing Lost in the Stars to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

Lost in the Stars may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.

To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 4:42pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': The 16th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Kino Lorber has received 16 nominations: ' https://t.co/GDFz6zj2uv…'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 4:07pm
RT' @nofilmschool': How LIKE ME used psychedelic imagery (and the words of Guillermo del Toro) to explore loneliness' https://t.co/5WdXBZ3XOP…'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 3:33pm
RT' @KLStudioClassic': Our Fab Feb Sale Starts Today! 135 Blu-rays - From $7.99 to $11.99! Sale Ends Feb 28! Free USA Shipping - Orders of $5…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 3:16pm
RT' @crolinss': My' @Fandor' debut on Robert Mockler's electrifying thriller' @LikeMeFilm' !!' @KinoLorber' ' https://t.co/6Y8pAmlmYE'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 2:11pm
Hey Toronto! TOM OF FINLAND (@ToFmovie) is finally coming for you starting Friday at the' @ImagineCarlton':…' https://t.co/L8y2BDBgaU'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 12:39pm
RT' @TheFilmStage': Emir Kusturica's Palme d'Or winner 'Underground' arrives on Blu-ray today via' @KinoLorber':' https://t.co/kZxZJwimVV' https:…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 11:29am
RT' @DVDBeaver': Released TODAY Emir Kusturica's Underground Blu-ray' @KinoLorber'' https://t.co/9zYoHiwE5B' Our Review:' https://t.co/qTFKKfPP5E…'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 11:29am
RT' @DVDBeaver': Release TODAY Covered Wagon' @KinoLorber' ' https://t.co/VkscxqcWz0' Our Review:' https://t.co/L6XAATmcbq' The first Western epic!…
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 11:28am
💊' @LikeMeFilm' hits VOD today and' @IndieWire's' got the first seven minutes of the film up on their Facebook so you c…' https://t.co/sonLA9zwBS'
'@KinoLorber' on Feb. 20 2018 at 11:21am
A critically acclaimed psychedelic thriller about the horrors of social media obsession,' @LikeMeFilm' starring…' https://t.co/17nxMQOxEk'
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing rodrigo@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com