Out of Africa (1985)

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Out of Africa (1985)
  • Time: 161 min
  • Genre: Biography | Drama | Romance
  • Director: Sydney Pollack
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer

Storyline:

A study of the life of Danish noblewoman and storyteller Karen (‘Isak’) Dinesen Blixen, from her marriage and departure for Kenya in 1913 until her return to Denmark in 1931. As she struggles to maintain a coffee farm through various struggles and disasters, and strives to improve relations with the local natives, her marriage of convenience to a titled aristocrat gradually gives way to an enduring romance with the noted hunter and adventurer Denys Finch Hatton.

One review

  • Out Of Africa is the fascinating true story of Danish author Baroness Karen Blixen. Before gaining fame under the pen name Isak Dinesen, Karen led a remarkable life out in pre First World War Africa. After contracting Syphillis from her philandering husband she discovers she can’t have children and devotes herself to running her coffee plantation and farm.

    You gain the utmost respect for this woman due to her emotional strength and her ability to function in a very male led way of life. She’s one of the earliest examples of the modern businesswoman who operates successfully in a male dominated environment. Karen runs the farm on her own and gets involved in situations not thought to be suitable for women.

    Baroness Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) along with her husband Baron Bror Blixen( Klaus Maria Brandaur) moves to a house in Africa to run a coffee plantation and farm. As the years progress Karen discovers that Bror is being unfaithful to her and as the First World War dawns Karen begins a friendship with hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford). After the war they begin an affair of their own and Karen at last may have found the happiness she has longed for all these years.

    However tragedy strikes in many different ways and Karen discovers that at times life is seldom fair, the ending is heartbreaking and the whole film is one that lingers in the memory long after you have finished watching the film.

    The film has beautiful location work in Africa and gorgeous costumes and music. Robert and Meryl are excellent together really bringing these two fascinating figures to life. Truly a film to be cherished forever and a must see for people interested in the real life story of Baroness Karen Blixen.

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