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Like so many westerners, it’s possible I fell in love with Africa twenty years ago, when I first saw Sydney Pollack’s classic film Out of Africa.
Starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford in their prime, this iconic film won seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography. Meditating on romance, marriage, war and politics, it’s a movie that will give you plenty to think about while dazzling you with the beauty of Kenya.
This sweeping story is set in colonial British East Africa at the turn of WWI. The plot is based on an autobiographical book by Danish author Karen Blixen, whose incredible life of love and adventure inspired her successful literary career.
It all begins at a hunting party in snowy Denmark, where Karen asks her lover’s brother, Baron Bror Blixen, to enter into a marriage of convenience. She is wealthy and single, he is titled but lost his fortune, and so he agrees, and off they go to Africa to wed and start a dairy farm.
On the train ride south into the highlands of Kenya, the soon-to-be Baroness meets Denys Finch Hatton, a dashing, aristocratic big-game hunter played by Robert Redford. Of course, it’s not long before the two star-crossed lovers meet again, though you can look forward to plenty of twists of fate before they share their first kiss.
Karen narrates the complex story, peppered with thrilling tales of her daring adventures in Africa. Along the way, Pollack treats you to unforgettable shots of majestic wildlife and absolutely breathtaking scenery.
So if this issue has you craving your own epic African safari, then until you board that plane this beloved movie will surely satisfy. Plus, if you’ve been wanting a good reason to snuggle up on the couch with your favorite tea and snacks, then we are happy to provide the inspiration.