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Out of Africa [1985 film] by Sydney Pollack

Out of Africa [1985 film]

by Sydney Pollack (Director & Producer), Kurt Luedtke (Screenwriter)

Other authors: John Barry (Composer), Klaus Maria Brandauer (Actor), Michael Kitchen (Actor), Robert Redford (Actor), Meryl Streep (Actor)

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Karen Dinesen is a wealthy Dane who marries Baron Bror Blixen and they move to the Ngong Hills in Kenya to grow coffee. There are innumerable setbacks agriculturally and matrimonially which cause the Dinesen’s divorce and later failure of their coffee farm. At her farm, Karen experiences an epiphany of personal enrichment; she was meant to be here and experience all that Africa has to offer; to smell the richness of the earth, breathe the air, and be one with the wildness. Then she falls in love with Denis Finch Hatton, an aristocrat and big game hunter from England. There are insufficient descriptors for this marvelously written love affair Karen Blixen had with Africa and Denys Finch Hatton. The book is replete with lyrical, emotive, poignant language that requires the reader to savour every paragraph. To me this book was a feast for the senses; I read the words, I spoke delicious lines aloud, I felt the words upon my tongue, and I heard the words as musical notes. It was a sensual experience. The only sour among the sweet and savoury was the dichotomy of an admiration (perhaps love) Karen Dinesen felt for animals poisoned by the blood lust of the sport hunter to kill for pleasure. A series of crushing personal disasters compelled Dinesen’s return home to Denmark with her leave taking being death by a thousand cuts. Dinesen herself said her experiences in Africa were the impetus for her becoming an author and while she is famous in her home country for other works, she will forever be defined by this book. Dinesen’s homes in both Denmark and Kenya are museums now, dedicated to her memory. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
Hasn't held up as well as some other movies I've loved. Two huge stars at the acting helm, but a curious lack of real chemistry. Still worth watching for the story and scenery. Read the book. ( )
  unclebob53703 | Mar 6, 2016 |
The scene where Denys is washing her hair is one of the most romantic ever...Love the music and photography. Africa is really that beautiful. ( )
  lnlamb | Jan 19, 2009 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Pollack, SydneyDirector & Producerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Luedtke, KurtScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Barry, JohnComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brandauer, Klaus MariaActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kitchen, MichaelActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Redford, RobertActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Streep, MerylActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Sydney Pollack's 1985 multiple-Oscar winner is a sumptuous and emotionally satisfying film about the life of Danish writer Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep), better known as Isak Dinesen, who travels to Kenya to be with her German husband (Klaus Maria Brandauer) but falls for an English adventurer (Robert Redford). The film is slow in developing the relationship, but it is rich in beautiful images of Africa and in the romantic tone surrounding Blixen's gradual discovery of her life and voice. One downside: while we may all love Redford, he is as convincingly British as Kevin Costner is in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. --Tom Keogh

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The true story of Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman who runs a coffee plantation in Kenya in 1914.

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