Out of Africa
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The most acclaimed motion picture of 1985 stars Robert Redford and Meryl Streep in one of the screen's great epic romances. Directed by Oscar winner Sydney Pollack, Out of Africa is the fascinating true story of Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman who, with her philandering husband (Klaus Maria Brandauer), runs a coffee plantation in Kenya, circa 1914. To her astonishment, she soon discovers herself falling in love with the land, its people and a mysterious white hunter (Redford). The masterfully crafted, breathtakingly produced story of love and loss earned Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay (based on material from another medium), Cinematography, Original Score, Art Direction (Set Decoration) and Sound.
Sydney Pollack's approach to audio commentary for DVD editions of his films is different from that of most other directors. Instead of detailing each scene of Out of Africa, for example, Pollack paints in broad strokes, talking about cinematic themes and in particular the translation of Karen Blixen's life in Africa from book to film. The fan of flubs and trivia won't find Pollack making any cute remarks, but he's certainly interesting for the run of the film, describing the location shooting in Africa and how he dealt with Robert Redford's casting and lack of accent. The new 45-minute documentary A Song of Africa has old and new interviews with Pollack and Meryl Streep, who clearly should have shared the film's commentary duties; she's insightful and quite fun to listen to. The documentary also includes new interviews with composer John Barry and Blixen historian Judith Thompson. --Doug Thomas
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“Out of Africa” is a romantic drama that stars Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, and Klaus Maria Bradenauer. It was written by Kurt Luedtke and directed by Sydney Pollack. The film is based on an autobiography of the same name written by Danish Baroness Karen Blixen, under the pseudonym Isak Dinesen. It tells the story of her experiences in Africa, where she owned and operated a large coffee plantation. She was in a loveless marriage to a philandering Swedish nobleman, and deeply in love with British aristocrat and big game hunter, Denys Finch Hatton.
“Out of Africa” is certainly a very well written, produced, and acted film, as shown by the seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, and Best Director for Pollack). I thought the on-screen chemistry between Streep and Redford was very good. The story was interesting and entertaining; the cinematography and music were both gorgeous and deserving of recognition.
However, despite its many fine qualities, “Out of Africa” just misses being the kind of movie I really like best. On the whole, I found the film to be a bit over-long, slow-moving, and even dull in places. There were times while I was watching that I found my attention drifting, and when I the final credits rolled, I remembered why “Out of Africa” is a film I have never added to my video collection.