Good Sir Attenborough epic
I saw the film for the first time in 1987, when it came out. I was
touched by this story and I began being interested in other Sir
I think "Cry freedom" is not as strong as "Gandhi", nevertheless it's a
movie worth to see. Because it talks about the struggles of Steven
Biko, the anti-apartheid leader killed by South African government in
'77. The film is seen with the eyes of Donald Woods, his friend
journalist who quit the country with his family for being "too close to
the black battles"...
The first part of the film is really excellent. Kevin Kline and Denzel
Washington are extraordinary, the movie is a cinematic joy (good
screenplay, good dialogues and good cinematography). The second part,
when Woods (Kline) organizes the run of his family from South Africa,
becomes more conventional and shot in a very "Hollywood style"
(although the film is British!). The message of the movie is neglected
in favour of a more spectacular plot.
By the way "Cry freedom" is a good movie because it talks about values
like freedom, friendship and respect of human rights..
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a very good movie.
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Dezenzel washington plays an excellent perfomance as Biko.
Denzel as Biko, amazing job.
Denzels perfoms an amazing acti.
Denzel as Biko what a wonderful movie.
o grande ditador metropolis.
this is one of the best movie about south africa.
Age and time have not been lenient with this film
A long film about a very important character from South Africa, Stephen
Biko. He is one of these Blacks who did not survive apartheid, who
actually died a long time before their normal time. The already old
film though does not show how important Biko was, what he really
represented. His life and his teaching is reduced to little, at best a
few witty remarks. The film being from 1987, the objective was to push
South Africa over the brink that would lead her to liberation. So the
film aims at showing how irrational the South African supporters of
apartheid are, in 1987. To show this the film has to look beyond Biko's
death, hence to center its discourse not on Biko but on a white liberal
journalist and his escaping the absurd system in which he is living.
His escape is made necessary because of the victimization he is the
victim of, along with his family, and because he wants to publish the
first book on Biko, after his death, and that can only happen in
England. The film shows a way to escape South Africa, while apartheid
is still standing and killing. So do not expect this way to be
realistic and true. It could not be. But the film has tremendously aged
because it does not show South Africa with any historical
distantiation, the very distantiation that has taken place under Nelson
Mandela's presidency and that is called forgiveness provided those who
want to be forgiven speak up and out. The film is strong and emotional
but that very historical limit makes it rather weak today, especially
since the film does not mention the third racial community, the
Indians. Panegyric books or films all have that defect: they are
looking at the person they are supposed to portrait from only one point
of view. That explains why the film has aged so much, seems to be
coming from so long ago, as if nothing had changed at all. A remake is
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, University
Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines, CEGID.