In 1937, Danish author, Karen Blixen, wrote a memoir about her life in Africa. The book began its tale in 1913 when she was 28 years old. In 1985, Sydney Pollack directed and produced a film of her memoir. The film won 7 Academy Awards and was nominated for 4 other categories in which it didn’t win. It also won 3 Golden Globes. The soundtrack won an Oscar and is listed as 15th in the American Film Institute’s top film scores. The book, the movie and the soundtrack was named Out of Africa.
People have said the movie is far too slow and far too long but I never found it so. It is a movie saturated with careful details, subtle sensitivities, classic style, organic art, and living literature. Karen Blixen is portrayed as a woman who understood self-care and self-respect. She rose to the occasion no matter the occasion. Even when she was packed to leave, having failed and sitting on nothing except wooden packing boxes, she had her tea on an embroidered doily. She must have thought she was worth the extra trouble.
Once back home in her mother’s house, Karen had to reinvent herself and she did so, even after she’d failed, her love had died, her husband was untrue, and she was ill. She still became an artist and a writer who lived a beautiful life. I highly recommend the movie. The soundtrack is extraordinary, and the book is classic.
I probably shouldn’t say this but honestly, if you didn’t like the movie, the fault is not with the material. Perhaps you might try to watch it again and see if you can see the myriad details that made it such a good story. Unfortunately, if you can’t see it on the big screen, you may miss a lot of depth in the cinematography and the music. Still, do the best you can.
This outfit is an accolade to all the things portrayed in this book, movie, and music. Style, after all, is the emphasis on a life well lived.
The feminine crystal pleated blouse tops a vintage pair of tweed menswear pants. The outfit is cinched with a butter soft leather belt with a clamshell buckle. The photography showcases a reproduction world globe and classic telephone in the glow of a small wooden library lamp. They sit on an antique desk with a marble top.
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