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Husband and wife in difficult circumstances on an African farm, which I
first took to be in South Africa, but must actually be in Rhodesia, are
condemned to a zombie-like existence in Hell because of their perverse
monomanias. (Or, it is a feminist tract, and I just don't get it.)
Allegorically all about white ruled Africa. And it rings true all these years later.
Very difficult to watch. Unrelentingly harsh. I'll bet the book is equally hard to read.
Some award-meriting performance. Sun Tsu tells us the the best generals go unrecognized because they achieve victory in sure, quiet ways. Perhaps the best acting is also overlooked.
In 1960, "Karen Black stars as a successful career woman based in South
Africa. She falls in love (it says here) with a bush farmer and must
give up the relative comfort of city life. The core of the film is her
effort to assimilate herself into her forbidding new environment,"
according to the DVD sleeve description. Ms. Black does not adapt well
to the African humidity. She transfers herself into a Southern belle
and slowly expires. Since we see her death in the opening, before the
flashback, no surprise. Slow. Very.
*** Killing Heat (9/18/81) Michael Raeburn ~ Karen Black, John Thaw, John Kani, John Moulder-Brown
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