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Out of Africa (1985)

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Commentary 1: Director Sydney Pollack Rating:6.2/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Agressor on April 12th, 2013:Find all reviews by Agressor
This is not a very interesting commentary. Pollack provides the mandatory acclaiming of the actors, the crew and the scenery as well as going a little more into depth about the music and the cinematography, which is moderatly interesting. He seems especially proud of the cinematography as he returns to that topic several times, he even repeats some things immediately after he's first said them.

There are also quite a few moments with long passages of silence, something that I consider to be the worst offense in the book of "commentary crimes".

The highlights are few and far between, I like that he mentions the fact that Redford doesn't speak british and even explains (satisfyingly, to me) why that is. Another thing I appreciate is that he touches upon some of the changes that were made from the true events and the reasoning behind them.

however, for a film with the runningtime of Out of Africa there was not enough meat for me to recommend this commentary to anyone who is not a diehard fan of the film or of Karen Blixen herself.
Reviewed by ipatrick on July 15th, 2015:Find all reviews by ipatrick
it truly has a lot of silent gaps which is obviously not great but it's more than worth listening to. pollack speaks for maybe 50% of the length but everything he contributes and shares is valuable and illuminating beyond anecdotes.