In the 1940s, a city girl moves from America to her husband's failing farm in Southern Rhodesia in colonial Africa. Unhappy and unhinged, she starts an affair with their black servant which leads to tragedy.
In the 1940s, an American woman moves from the big city to Southern Rhodesia in colonial Africa with her future husband, who turns out to be a failing farmer, giving up all the comforts of cosmopolitan life. Life in the countryside finally takes its toll on her psyche, and she finds herself involved sexually with their black servant. Based on Doris Lessing's 1950 novel The Grass Is Singing.Written by
The film screened out-of-competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981. See more »
[Muller and the police discover Mary's bloody body]
What do you know about this?
Well, it's kind of hard to say. But I've got sort of an idea...
An idea? In this country, we don't like ideas. We like facts.
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Karen Black Gets Hot and Bothered in Africa
In 1960, "Karen Black stars as a successful career woman based in South Africa. She falls in love (it says here) with a bush farmer and must give up the relative comfort of city life. The core of the film is her effort to assimilate herself into her forbidding new environment," according to the DVD sleeve description. Ms. Black does not adapt well to the African humidity. She transfers herself into a Southern belle and slowly expires. Since we see her death in the opening, before the flashback, no surprise. Slow. Very.
*** Killing Heat (9/18/81) Michael Raeburn ~ Karen Black, John Thaw, John Kani, John Moulder-Brown
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