Cinema: The New Pictures, Feb. 18, 1952

Cry, the Beloved Country (London Films; Lopert), Alan Paton's eloquent 1948 novel about South African race relations, after being translated into everything from Zulu to Broadwayese, now comes to the screen. The cinemadaptation was done by Author Paton* and the picture is largely faithful to the original.

Unhappily, the film betrays its literary origin by stressing emotion rather than motion. It is the tale of the Rev. Stephen Kumalo (Canada Lee), a simple Zulu minister who journeys from Ndotsheni, Natal to the great, bewildering city of Johannesburg to find his lost sister. There...

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