Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro(1952). film based on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The film version of the short story was directed by Henry King, and starred Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, and Susan Hayward.

Harry Street, on safari in Africa with his second wife Helen, when a cut on his leg becomes infected and he becomes very ill. While waiting in camp for help to arrive camp, Harry, never has hidden his contempt for his wife Helen's money. Reminiscing about the past, Harry tells Helen about his first love, but his uncle, knowing that Harry wants to become a writer, thinks it best to end the relationship. Back in the present, Harry insults Helen and to get away from him she goes hunting. While she is gone, Harry falls into a deep sleep and dreams of how he met the love of his life Cynthia.

Harry living a bohemian life in Paris, meets Cynthia, in a jazz club and immediately falls in love with her. Soon, the couple are married, and after Harry's first novel is published, he fulfills his lifelong dream of going on a hunting safari in Africa. On the evening that Harry kills his first rhino, Cynthia confides in their friend Johnson, that she is pregnant. Cynthia decides not to tell Harry about her condition. Cynthia deliberately falls down a flight of stairs and she looses the baby. Although, Cynthia tells Harry that the fall was an accident, guilt and blame ruins their relationship. In Madrid, Cynthia, torn between her love for Harry and her feelings that he resents her, leaves him for a flamenco dancer. Harry is soon taken over by his obsession for roaming the world in search of stories for his novels. Cynthia is never out of his thoughts.

Back in Africa, the feverish Harry awakens from his dreams while Helen listens to his rantings and tries to fight his illness until help arrives.. Will he give Helen chance for love and happiness?

Growing up I never gave The Snows of Kilimanjaro a chance. Now it is one of my favorite movies and my favorite Hemingway story.

Fun Fact:

Gene Tierney and Anne Francis were considered for the Ava Gardner role.

Ernest Hemingway.

Timeless Hemingway, websight.

Writer and journalist who had written seven novels, six collections of short stories, and two works of non-fiction published, with a further three novels, four collections of short stories, and three non-fiction autobiographical works published after his death. Hemingway had an enormous influence on 20th-century fiction, as did his life of adventure. Winning the 1954 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hardy Krüger

Hardy Kruger, bought Ngorongoro Farm in what is now northern Tanzania in 1960, which he owned for 13 years. Ngorongoro served as the setting for the 1962 film Hatar!, in which Krüger appeared with John Wayne. He has worked in numerous European and American films such as the original 1965 version of The Flight of the Phoenix and the German version of The Moon is Blue. Other films include: The Wild Geese (1978), A Bridge Too Far . His daughter Christiane Krüger and his son, Hardy Krüger, Jr. are also actors.

Hatari! (1962)

Hatari! (1962). Director: Howard Hawks. The title means "danger" in Swahili. One of the reasons the film is popular because of the the beautiful scenery of Mount Meru, a dormant volcano. Hatari! was filmed on location in Tanganyika. Many scenes were filmed near Arusha, Tanzania on a hunting ranch, Ngongongare Farm, owned by actor Hardy Krüger. The final chase through town was filmed in Nairobi, Kenya. Cast: John Wayne, Red Buttons, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Krüger, Michele Girardon, Gerard Blain, Valentin De Vargas.

The story is about a group of men and women catching wild animals in Africa and selling them to zoos. After Indian is injured during a rhinoceros chase. He is rushed to the hospital where he needs a blood transfusion. Chips is the only one who has the same rare blood type. Chips is then hired to take the place of the Indian. After the Indian is left back at the hospital, everyone else gets drunk and sing a hilarious song.. "Oh whiskey leave me alone, I'm tired and I want to go home". When they arrive home they find wildlife photographer Dallas who is supposed to take photos of the captures for the zoo. At first She is mistaken for a man because of a letter she had signed with her initials. Later she becomes known as Mama Tembo (Mother of Elephants) because she saved three baby elephants. The script was written by Hawks' favorite writer, Leigh Brackett. Hatari! introduced the Henry Mancini song "Baby Elephant Walk".

One of the reasons I enjoyed the film, was the action scenes.


According to director Howard Hawks, all the animal captures in the picture were performed by the actual actors; no stuntmen or animal handlers were substituted onscreen. The rhino really did escape, and the actors really did have to recapture it - and Hawks included the sequence for its realism.