Out of Africa is drawn from the life and writings of Danish author Isak Dinesen, who during the time that the film's events occured was known by her married name, Karen Blixen-Flecke. For convenience's sake, Karen (Meryl Streep) has married Baron Bor Blixen-Flecke (Klaus Maria Brandauer). In 1914, the Baron moves himself and his wife to a ...
Out of Africa is drawn from the life and writings of Danish author Isak Dinesen, who during the time that the film's events occured was known by her married name, Karen Blixen-Flecke. For convenience's sake, Karen (Meryl Streep) has married Baron Bor Blixen-Flecke (Klaus Maria Brandauer). In 1914, the Baron moves himself and his wife to a plantation in Nairobi, then leaves Karen to her own devices as he returns to his womanizing and drinking. Soon, Karen has fallen in love with charming white hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford), who prefers a no-strings relationship. A woman who prides herself on her independence, Blixen finds herself unhappily in thrall to a aloof man -- and doubly unhappy for living out such a cliché situation. Although Redford received a lion's share of criticism for his too-American performance, Streep has rarely been better, and the film's perfectly measured pace is offset by David Watkin's stunning location photography. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 7, including Best Picture, Best Director for Sydney Pollack, Best Adapted Screenplay for Kurt Luedtke, and Best Cinematography for Watkin. Hal Erickson, Rovi
This gorgeous film (sorry, there's no other adjective that fully describes it), is a real masterpiece. The cinematography, music and story are unparalleled, and woven together so beautifully. The acting by Meryl Streep is, as usual, amazing.
The story is based on the life of Isak Dinesen (aka Karyn Blixen), who moved to Kenya from Denmark in the early 1900s during a time when whites had recently begun to settle there. The movie is a true, if slightly romanticized, depiction of her time in Africa. Beautiful, challenging and sometimes sad, it's really a masterpiece of film making. -They don't make them like this anymore.
Oct 4, 2011
A TRULY CLASSIC FILM. WORTH EVERY MOMENT. WONDERFUL CAST AND GREAT VISUALS OF AFRICA. HAPPY TO HAVE THIS
Feb 8, 2008
Out of AFRICA
This is quite simply one of the best movies ever made. It is wistful and loyal and endearing and controversial and a unbelievable love story all woven together in effortless art. Meryl Streep plays a wealthy African white lady, tainted by the adultery of her husband. Her chosen response is to devote herself to helping the local kikuyu tribal children to learn English. Her uncomplicated love for them is endearing without being overdramatic. The surprise is the whimsical love story between her character and the wandering pilot played by Robert Redford, also an engaging enigma of a character. The set of the movie is exquisite with African landscape.
Breathe in deeply the beauty of this film. I highly recommend it.