Karen Blixen: Storyteller (1996)

Genres - Language & Literature  |   Sub-Genres - Biography  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - Denmark  |  
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This Danish documentary celebrates the life of Karen Blixen (1885-1962), the author of Out of Africa and numerous other books, which she published under the penname Isak Dinesen. For many years, she was a coffee farmer in Kenya. Her husband was an adventurer with a well-known roving eye (Bror Blixen). Her most famous books concern romance and her life in Africa. This feisty woman gets to speak for herself in archival footage of interviews she gave on TV. In some of the interviews she discusses her encounters with celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe. The filmmakers discovered the interview footage while preparing another film, and found it so interesting that they felt compelled to make this one. Also included are interviews with people who knew her. This film has footage in the English language, as well as Danish and French.