Cinema: First Step


Directed by MARTIN RITT Screenplay by LONNE ELDER III

At last, a compassionate and loving film about being black in America. Sounder has the strength of subtlety and the power of emotional commitment to its subject, though not the kind of inchoate fury that can blister and blind. It manages as no other movie has done to take the special pride and trial of being black and work it into an experience that can be shared and felt by anyone. Poverty, desperation and struggle are the special property of no single group, which is why this story of a black boy growing...

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