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Although the narration is addressed to his wife, we learn little about her, his family or his personal life; he is used primarily as a guide through the milestones of the Congo's brief two-month experiment with democracy.
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The film does succeed in making the story universal, giving us the drama as well as the history, the fire as well as cool examination. It's a movie that haunts you afterward.
An impassioned, at times thrilling re-creation of the birth of the country that became Zaire and is now known as Congo again.
Lumumba is potent stuff. Complex, powerful, intensely dramatic.
Mr. Peck's gambit works, and the result is a great film and a great performance.
What matters now, what Lumumba conveys, is the urgent chaos of revolution.
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