Historical Fiction and Autobiography

Out of Africa (1985) won 7 Academy Awards and was nominated for 4 more.

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Out of Africa is a 1985 American epic romantic drama film directed and produced by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. The film is based loosely on the autobiographical book Out of Africa written by Isak Dinesen (the pseudonym of Danish author Karen Blixen), which was published in 1937, with additional material from Dinesen’s book Shadows on the Grass and other sources. This film received 28 film awards.

The book was adapted into a screenplay by the writer Kurt Luedtke.

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There is a poignant scene in the movie where a verse from The Rime of Ancient Mariner is quoted. This was one of  Denys George Finch Hatton’s favorite poems. This quote appears on the real tombstone in Kenya.

“He prayeth well who loveth well both man and bird and beast”(from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.)

Today’s assignment:

1. Watch the movie.

2. Follow the script as you watch.

3. Memorize the quote.



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