In terms of its cinematography, this in one on the most breathtakingly beautiful movies ever filmed. It does the African landscape justice. It rightly won an Academy AWard in 1986 for Best Cinematography, as well as for Best Picture and Best Screenplay. The autobiography of Danish citizen, Karen Von Blixen, a baroness by marriage, is brought to life by a wonderful screenplay, a great cast, and deft direction.
Meryl Streep gives the performance of a lifetime as Karen, who moves to pre-World War l Africa to run a farm that she owns in Kenya, which is subsequently turned into a coffee plantation by her husband. There, she encounters some difficulties, primarily with her husband. When he causes her to undergo a life changing event, for which she alone pays the price, things will never be the same. Yet, she ultimately finds the love of her life in Denys Finch-Hatton, a solitary hunter, who returns her affection. Therein lies the tale.
Really, Meryl Streep's performance is astonishing, beautifully nuanced. Her Danish accent never misses a beat. Klaus Maria Brandauer gives a wonderful performance as her husband, the Baron. Robert Redford, as Denys, is heartbreakingly handsome. His performance passes muster, but he basically plays himself, American accent and all, as in reality Denys Finch-Hatton was an English aristocrat, the second son of an earl. The rest of the cast, however, more than makes up for this lapse.
Those who enjoy autobiographical films, or simply beautiful films with some memorable performances, should enjoy this film, if only for Meryl Streep's bravura performance. Though nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, she lost to Geraldine Page. All I can say is that she was robbed!