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OUT OF AFRICA (1985)

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Love in exotic locales has been a Hollywood staple for decades, so it’s little wonder that almost as soon as Isak Dinesen (pen name for Baroness Karen Blixen) published her 1937 memoir about her time in Africa, talk of a film adaptation began. At various times, it was considered as a vehicle for Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn and Julie Christie, but the story did not reach the screen until 1985, when Sydney Pollack cast Meryl Streep as the baroness and Robert Redford as her adventurer-lover. The film follows her loveless marriage to a bankrupt nobleman (Klaus Maria Brandauer) and their attempts to start a coffee plantation in Kenya. Pollack shot the picture on a grand scale, with extensive location shooting in Africa. Although he couldn’t film in the house where Blixen had lived, he did shoot in a nearby estate, which the art department filled with authentic period furniture. The cast also included the descendants of the Kikuyu tribesmen who had worked on Blixen’s plantation. What emerged was a love letter to a beautiful land and two unique individuals. The film was nominated for 11 Oscars (including a nod to Streep, her sixth nomination) and won seven, including Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay. (d. Sydney Pollack, 161m, DCP)

Special Guest RACHEL POLLACK (Bio Coming Soon) Special Guest REBECCA POLLACK PARKER (Bio Coming Soon)
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