Ted Kramer's wife leaves him, allowing for a lost bond to be rediscovered between Ted and his son, Billy. But a heated custody battle ensues over the divorced couple's son, deepening the wounds left by the separation.
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 production designers used a few pieces of Karen Blixen's furniture, which she never sent back to Denmark after leaving Kenya. Most of the furniture was randomly sourced from local estates. The large sideboard (which was not Blixen's) was a 17th century piece sourced from local antiques restorer Frank Daykin. It had had inlaid wood scenes of people and it had a secret hiding place accessed by sliding wooden pieces like a Chinese puzzle. The value of the piece was approximately $200,000. See more »
When Berkley talks to Denys about his disease, his shawl keeps changing positions on his shoulder. See more »
If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?
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There Is Beauty in the Bellow of the Blast
(uncredited) (1885) from "The Mikado"
Written by W.S. Gilbert and music by Arthur Sullivan
Immediately after Bror advises her to change out of her wedding clothes, she snoops around Finch Hatton's room. An instrumental version is heard playing in the background. 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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