Cinema: The Bland Face of State Terror

A DRY WHITE SEASON Directed by Euzhan Palcy

Screenplay by Colin Welland and Euzhan Palcy

Here it is, then, our annual antiapartheid movie. In moral thrust, A Dry White Season is exactly like its immediate predecessors, Cry Freedom and A World Apart. Once again a white liberal comes to radical consciousness after intimate confrontations with the murderous brutality of South African racism and suffers dreadfully as a result.

Artistically, A Dry White Season may aspire to less than the previous movies, since it lacks both the epic ambition of Richard Attenborough's Freedom and the psychological delicacy of Chris Menges' World. Emotionally,...

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