Friday, February 12, 2016

725. Out of Africa

Out of Africa
Directed by Sydney Pollack

I remember seeing when I was younger (probably because it is one of my mother's favorites) and thinking how dull it was.  I then read the book and was able to appreciate it a bit more.  Still, I am not sure I can justify its nearly three hour running time.

Karen Dinesen marries Baron Bror Blixen out of convenience, not love.  They move to Africa and start a coffee farm.  Karen fits in nicely, but must put up with a womanizing and selfish husband.  She meets Denys Finch Hatton, a game hunter, and the two develop a friendship.  Of course, who can stay friends with Robert Redford for long without falling in love?  I know I couldn't.

It's probably obvious that the cinematography and acting in this film are both phenomenal.  I still can't say I sat through this without the tiniest bit of boredom, but I can't really point to a part in the movie that could be cut out.  But this is an intelligently written, beautifully acted story so it is not the worst way to spend three hours.

RATING: ***--

Interesting Facts:

Audrey Hepburn was offered the role of Karen Blixen.

Meryl Streep was nervous doing the hair washing scene, as there was a territorial hippopotamus nearby.


  1. I thought this movie was mesmerizing and beautiful. Sad, but really a good story. Acting was phenomenal.

    1. I still Redford, even after The Natural.