Out of Africa
The true story of Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman who runs a coffee plantation in Kenya in 1914.
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|Uniform Title:||Out of Africa (Motion picture)|
|Summary:||The true story of Karen Blixen, a strong-willed woman who runs a coffee plantation in Kenya in 1914.|
Out of Africa is drawn from the life and writings of Danish author Isak Dinesen, who during the time that the film's events occured was known by her married name, Karen Blixen-Flecke. For convenience's sake, Karen (Meryl Streep) has married Baron Bor Blixen-Flecke (Klaus Maria Brandauer). In 1914, the Baron moves himself and his wife to a plantation in Nairobi, then leaves Karen to her own devices as he returns to his womanizing and drinking. Soon, Karen has fallen in love with charming white hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford), who prefers a no-strings relationship. A woman who prides herself on her independence, Blixen finds herself unhappily in thrall to an aloof man -- and doubly unhappy for living out such a cliché situation. Although Redford received a lion's share of criticism for his too-American performance, Streep has rarely been better, and the film's perfectly measured pace is complemented by David Watkin's stunning location photography. The movie was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 7, including Best Picture, Best Director for Sydney Pollack, Best Adapted Screenplay for Kurt Luedtke, and Best Cinematography for Watkin. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Fascinating true story of a strong-willed woman who, with her philandering husband, runs a coffee plantation in Kenya, Circa 1914.
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|Language Notes:||In English with optional soundrack in French; closed-captioned in English for the hearing impaired.|
|General Notes:||Based on the life of writer Isak Dinesen.|
Based on the books: Out of Africa ; Shadows on the grass ; Letters from Africa / by Isak Dinesen. Isak Dinesen, the life of a storyteller / by Judith Thurman. Silence will speak / by Errol Trzebinski.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1985.
Special features: Song of Africa : an original documentary; Feature commentary with director Sydney Pollack; Production notes; Cast & filmmakers; Theatrical trailer; Universal WEB links.
|Physical Description:||1 videodisc (161 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.|
|Credits:||Director of photography, David Watkin; music, John Barry; co-producer, Terence Clegg.|
|Performer:||Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer.|
|System Details:||DVD; Dolby digital 4.1 surround or 2.0 stereo; anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1).|
|Awards:||Winner of 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.|
|Production Credits:||Director of photography, David Watkin; music, John Barry; co-producer, Terence Clegg.|