‘Out of Africa’ brings true story to the Orpheum

In 1987 “Out of Africa” was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won seven, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Meryl Streep), Best Director (Sydney Pollack), Best Music (John Barry), Best Supporting Actor (Klaus Maria Brandauer), and what I think are its most deserved Oscars: Best Cinematography and Best Art/Set Design.

This is one of the most beautiful movies filmed in the 1980s. This win for best picture was a surprise for some due to the competition that year. Other movies in the running for best picture were: “The Color Purple,” “Kiss of the Spider Woman,” “Prizzi’s Honor” and “Witness.” A great variety of films were out that year, but I believe that the beauty of “Out of Africa” won over the judges.

Meryl Streep demonstrates her unequalled ability to master a Danish accent in portraying real life Karen Blixen, who establishes a plantation in Africa. She is in a loveless marriage with her husband Bror (Klaus Maria Brandauer) and falls in love with bush pilot and free spirit Denys (Robert Redford). I am a fan of Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, especially when they are under the direction of Sydney Pollack.

Check out the heat in “Out of Africa” this weekend at the Orpheum. Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Visit the theater for tours and check out all of the Iowa related memorabilia. Call the Orpheum Theater Center movie hotline at 641-844-5907 or visit www.orpheumcenter.com

Tom LaVille is a retired Marshalltown drama and literature teacher. LaVille’s Critic’s Corner column appears Friday in the Times-Republican.