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Follows the life of Karen Blixen, who establishes a plantation in Africa. Her life is Complicated by a husband of convenience (Bror Blixen), a true love (Denys), troubles on the plantation, schooling of the natives, war, and catching VD from her husband.Written by
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The book Out of Africa was published six years after Karen returned to Denmark. The publisher was the celebrity [Link: nm0148569] who, along with Donald Klopfer, had purchased the Modern Library publishing house and renamed it Random House. He chose the name because he and his partner wanted to go beyond the established genres of the Modern Library and publish random manuscripts that caught his fancy. This "random" element is why he chose to publish Out of Africa. See more »
At Karen and Denys's first safari dinner, Deny's fruit is partially peeled, then completely unpeeled, then fully peeled in different shots during their conversation. See more »
Fifty years ago I was living in the Kenya highlands, only a few miles from the old Blixen farm. Not a great deal had changed since the 1920s, the period of the movie, which manages a reasonable re-creation. However, the background is unlikely to mean much to Americans, only confirming unreal stereotypes of the colonial British. Meryl Steep, as we have come to expect, is superb in the part; and in 2003 she co-narrated a wonderful documentary on the remarkable Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), to whom in fact she bears some physical resemblance. Robert Redford is badly miscast, and why the producers didn't get one of many superb English actors for the part I can't imagine. As a love story well told in what to most people will be an exotic setting, beautifully photographed, it should be highly rated, justifying its many awards.
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