Sunday, August 30, 2009
Sunday Afternoon At The Movies
"If I know a song of Africa, of the giraffe and the African new moon lying on her back, of the plows in the fields and the sweaty faces of the coffee pickers, does Africa know a song of me? Will the air over the plain quiver with a color that I have had on, or the children invent a game in which my name is, or the full moon throw a shadow over the gravel of the drive that was like me, or will the eagles of the Ngong Hills look out for me?"
Yes Ms. Blixen,Baroness, Isak Dinesen..Africa has a song for you.
Staying in the suburb of Nairobi,"Karen" named after the late Karen Blixen, would not have been complete without a trip to her former home.
It was lovely.
But the visit was even more special because of the movie,OUT OF AFRICA, based on her time there.A place she called home for 15 years.A place that never left her heart.
I stood there and took in the history of the place, and all it had been to her. To stand in her bedroom and remember that kiss. The clothes that Meryl Streep and Redford wore. The phonograph that Denis gave Karen as a present. The cuckoo clock. The fireplace where many a story were told. To walk along the porch where they danced in the moonlight one last time...
OUT OF AFRICA.
Winner of 7 Oscars.
There is no other movie quite like it.
John Barry's score , David Watkin's cinematography,Kurt Luedtke's script,Stephen B.Grimes and Josie MacAvin's set and art direction,Milena Canonero's costumes, Streep and Redford's acting,Sydney Pollack's direction,and the true star of the show,God's beauty,the Masai Mara.
It is pure romance- of body,of spirit, of beauty.It is one of those special "go to" movies for me.One of the ones that I watch again and again and again.Andeach time is as good as the first...