Study Guide

Out of Africa Scene 1

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Scene 1

Scene 1

It's Cold Out Here

  • The movie opens with a dreamy sequence of an elderly Karen, telling us about her experience on the African plains.
  • It's the famous opening line of her memoir: "I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong hills."
  • Cut to Denmark and the young Karen at an aristocratic hunting party, where rich twits shoot guns at birds for reasons that elude us.
  • Karen's lover has cheated on her, and she and his brother Bror joke about it together.
  • Karen proposes a marriage of convenience with Bror, a Baron with no money, to marry her for her family's money and make her a Baroness.
  • They devise an escape plan to run a dairy farm in Africa because she has got to get out of Denmark. Seriously.

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