Movies

 Out of Africa by Sidney Pollack (1985)

Not at all based on Karen Blixen’s novel Out of Africa, where she refers to Finch-Hatten as a close friend and never lingers on him. He book is focused on every-day life with the natives.

First of all, Finch-Hatten was two years younger than her. What is this 15 years older Redford doing ? Then he was British, a Bristish aristocrat, not at all this American loner fellow “cranky old bastard type”. It disturbs me, because it changes the relationship they have. Redford found a kind of paternalist wisdom thing that has nothing to do with what is known of Finch-Hatten.

Then Karen Dinesen was a kind of manipulative witch, not at all a cute girl abandoned by her husband. In the movie her husband is a really nice guy ; in real life he was not remembered as such a noble gentleman nor great friend of hers after all. When he died in a car accident she said something like she was disturbed about the news because she couldn’t care less. She didn’t even feel a thing and this void disturbed her.

Then about her father’s suicide, Meryl Streep is a goddess actress but she clearly overplays this. It is known that Tane was really affected by her father’s death and I really don’t see her saying it in such a way. Here, Streep’s technique as an actress surpasses the faithfulness to the real character.

Then everyone knew that Finch-Hatten did sleep with Felicity (I think she was not called Felicity)… he, like Blixen had lots of lovers all over the place. Mainly because Karen declared to prefer a good conversation with a man to anything else.

She is known to have been anorexic and to have consequently had little appetite for bed activities…She eventually died of nutrition issues it seems.

Nowhere in Africa, by Caroline Link (2001)

based on a short story by S. Zweig. 

I dreamed of Africa by Hugh Hudson (2000)

The story of the Venician writer Cookie Goldmann

The Constant Gardener,  by Fernando Meirelles (2005)

A fiction about the power of multinational pharmaceutic companies based on the novel by John Le Carré.

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