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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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As Karen gives instructions to Farah about the land for the Kikuyu, she mentions that she would not be there to speak for them in case they should fight over the land. In actual fact, the Kikuyu on her farm would have private hearings among the elders in case of internal strife, sometimes taking days to thrash out every detail and possible permutation. Karen would be asked to contribute to these sessions. An example of this was when one of the children was playing with a gun and accidentally killed another child. Karen's input was valuable as the Kikuyu did not differentiate between accidental and intentional crimes. In that specific case, the family of the shooter (who had run away and stayed with the Maasai for five years) should give the victim's family a specific number of goats. Were it not for Karen, the shooter might have been turned over to the authorities and hung. See more »
When Denys Finch-Hatton brings a record player to Karen Blixen's home, he lowers his hand and the sound volume decreases. Volume was set at recording time, not at playback. See more »
Perhaps he knew, as I did not, that the Earth was made round so that we would not see too far down the road.
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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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