Out of Africa

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Original title
Out of Africa
Running time
160 min.
United States United States
Kurt Luedtke (Novel: Isak Dinesen)
John Barry
David Watkin
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Mirage Entertainment / Universal Pictures
Romance. Adventure. Drama | Based On A True Story. Romantic Drama. Africa. Colonialism. 1910s
Synopsis / Plot
Karen Blixen, a Danish woman, marries a friend for the title of Baroness and they move to Africa and start a coffee plantation. Things unfold when her husband begins cheating on her and is away on business often, so she's at home alone, working on the farm and bonding with two men she met in her first day in Africa. She eventually falls in love with the one, Denys Finch-Hatton and goes on safari and whatnot with him. Later, she begins to want more from him than the simple friendship/relationship they have and pushes marriage, but Denys still wants his freedom. By the end, she's gained a much better understanding and respect for the African culture than when she came.

The book "Out of Africa" is Danish writer Isak Dinesens (her real name was Karen Blixen) account of her life in British East Africa from 1913 to 1931. Her husband Baron Bror Blixen was the model for Robert Wilson in Ernest Hemingways "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber". Winner of seven Academy Awards© including Best Picture and Best Director (Sydney Pollack), this magnificent story stars Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in a sweeping romantic tale based on the true-life experiences of Karen Blixen in Kenya, circa 1914.
1985: 7 Academy Awards: Best Movie, Director, Screenplay, Cinematography, Art Direction, OST, Sound
1985: 3 Golden Globes, including Best Drama Movie. 6 nominations
1986: 3 BAFTA, including Best Adapted Screenplay. 7 nominations
1985: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Supp. Actor (Brandaue) & Best Cinematography
1985: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1985: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay
1985: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Film and Actress (Meryl Streep)
1986: César Awards: Nominated for Best Foreing Film
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