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Out of Africa (1985)

US 161m, Colour
Director: Sydney Pollack; Cast: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Shane Rimmer, Malick Bowens, Joseph Thiaka, Stephen Kinyanjui

out-of-africaOut of Africa is an epic story of romance and adventure that is loosely based on Karen Blixen’s 1937 autobiography of the same name. Reminiscing about her life in the former colony of British East Africa, this is the story of a lonely woman’s experiences while running a coffee plantation in a marriage of convenience as the wife of a philandering husband. Though Pollack finds a balance between a romanticized past and a critique the colonial period, the heart of this film is found in its prominent portrayal of the majesty of Kenya’s landscapes and wildlife (Klaus Ming September 2016).

4 comments on “Out of Africa (1985)

  1. Eric Binford

    I really liked this movie. It’s old-fashioned in a good kinda way. Redford is miscast (I thought Jeremy Irons would have been perfect) but it doesn’t ruin the movie. PS The project was offered to David Lean, but he was afraid of the (mis)handling the “syphilis thing.” 🙂

    • Klaus

      So did I – though i didn’t mind Redford as much as many folks seem to. I think, as many do, that this was one of Meryl Streep’s best.

  2. Anthony Lee Collins

    Somewhat-related anecdote.

    Years ago, I happened to be reading biographies of Hemingway and Orson Welles at the same time, and I decided to look at the indexes (indices?) to see if they had any friends or acquaintances in common.

    I found one that I knew about already (they were both good friends with Marlene Dietrich), but the other one I learned about was that they were both big fans of the stories of Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen). In fact, the last narrative film Welles made was an adaptation of “The Immortal Story.”

    • Klaus

      Very interesting! I’ve not yet seen The Immortal Story, and had not realized that it was based on Blixen’s novel. Thanks for the insight.

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