Out of Africa (1985)

It is mid-holiday-weekend; time seems still, summer yawns into fall. You may choose to lay supine with a book, film, good company... or more likely, a digital device (alas). While we cannot offer much assistance with the latter two, we have suggestions for the former pair, together, with our compilation of Movies Based On Material from Books.

A little over a century ago in 1913, Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke moved to Kenya, then called British East Africa, to start her life on a coffee plantation. Her deliberations on her seventeen years of African colonial life—and the last vestiges of the British imperial century—were published in her memoir, Out of Africa (1937). In 1985, Sydney Pollack took this rich literature as source to direct his Oscars-decorated film Out of Africa (1985), with the inimitable Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.


Lodi—Creedence Clearwater Revival
Psychotic Reaction—Count Five
Found Love—The Fly Bi Nights
Pretty Little Thing—The Deepest Blue
Sunshine Superman—Donovan 
Powerman—The Kinks 
Good Times Bad Times—Led Zeppelin 
Fortunate Son— Creedence Clearwater Revival
Castles Made of Sand—Jimi Hendrix
Have you seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?—The Rolling Stones
You Make me Real—The Doors
Five To One—The Doors
Personality Crisis—David Johansen
No Good—Kaleo
I Dig Your Mind—Iggy Pop
Let’s Dance—David Bowie
All The Way From Memphis—Mott the Hoople
Daydream Believer—The Monkees
Gimme Little Sign—Brenton Wood
Bad Moon Rising—Creedence Clearwater Revival