Monday, September 1, 2008

Out of Africa

Sydney Pollack, 1985 (8.5*)
Best Picture (AA, GG)
Meryl Streep plays author Karen Blixen (who wrote as Isaak Dineson) in this true story, during the part of her life lived in Kenya, Africa, trying to run a coffee plantation. Her less than satisfactory husband, Oscar® nominee Klaus Maria Brandauer, is usually off hunting or fighting in the Boer War.

Basically out of loneliness and mutual respect, she eventually becomes close friends with hunter and pilot Robert Redford, who shows her the real Africa from the air, a wild and natural Africa as yet unspoiled by imperialists foreigners. This is a beautiful adventure and romance both, and Pollack never allows it to get sentimental. Pollack's best and most ambitious film, a true epic romance, worthy of its 7 Oscars®

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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.



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