Run time: 155 mins
Little has changed in this radiant corner of Kenya since director Sydney Pollack called ‘Wrap’ 35 years ago and its overriding beauty plays to this sweeping romance.
Adapting her memoirs, Pollack’s film sees Karen Blixen, sensitively played by Meryl Streep, move to colonial Kenya in 1914 for a marriage of convenience with Baron von Bror – close? (Klaus Maria Brandauer). Instead of cattle, he has decided to run a coffee plantation. But soon loses interest in farming and leaves her behind while he goes hunting (chasing animals, and other easy targets). The arrival of hunter Denys Finch Hatton (Robert Redford, as rugged as the landscape, and just as lumpy and distant) provides a welcome distraction from her loneliness. After the usual eteceteras of inconvenient ‘Convenient Marriages’, she returns to Africa. It is here, her passion for the floppy-haired adventurer takes root and deepens.
Out of Africa is postcard perfect, and breathtakingly filmed on location. It is a film with the courage to be about complex sweeping emotions and to use the star power of its actors without apology. (research Jack Whiting)
Thank you, fabulous, underapplauded, film maker – Sydney Pollack. Another good man lost. Come, be thrilled by its vast light, wide on such a huge screen.