Out of Africa (1985)
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Some good dialogue, and Streep is great as ever, but disappointingly glosses over the brutal realities of colonial occupation; black African characters barely even get to speak, and the movie seems to expect us to admire Streep's quest to protect "my Gikuyu" instead of acknowledging her and her husband as the invaders and land thieves they are. (Even Dinesen's original book was much more interested in its Gikuyu characters than this movie.) Hopefully Hollywood will one day start making movies about Africa with African main characters instead of European transplants. Something like Gikuyu author Ngugi wa Thiong'o's A Grain of Wheat would be a great counterpoint to this one.
Boring. No connection with the characters. I could not care less what happened to them.
I watched this after discovering the magnificent John Barry film score. The film itself is rather uneventful for its length. Definitely can't understand it's acclaim although there were some rather breathtaking scenes (such as Redford and Streep on the aeroplane over the Kenyan hills).
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This movie ranks #13 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions
This movie ranks #59 in Academy Award - Best Picture
This movie ranks #82 in Golden Globe Award - Best Motion Picture
This movie ranks #88 in Academy Award - Best Cinematography
This movie ranks #285 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #351 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #379 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #506 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office
This movie ranks #701 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Worldwide Box Office
This movie ranks #726 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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