A decade after his Oscar-winning original score to Out of Africa, John Barry returns to the African milieu for the score to Cry the Beloved Country, but to mixed results. Not only does this lush, intimate effort recall its predecessor far too closely, but its romantic sensibilities are wildly out of place in a film purporting to be a serious, tough-minded examination of apartheid. That said, this is music that boasts real beauty and power when taken solely on its own merits -- Barry's writing is richly harmonic, crafted in subdued tones that emphasize the score's vulnerability. There's no doubting the passion galvanizing Cry the Beloved Country, but there's also no denying it would have worked far better attached to a very different film.
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