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The Snows of Kilimanjaro

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The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)

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The classic film, with an all-star cast, based on the short story by Ernest Hemingway: Renowned writer Harry Street lies dying on the frozen slopes of Kilimanjaro, wounded in a hunting accident and waiting for rescue he fears will never come.

He reflects back on his life, remembering loves lost and what he sees as his failures as a writer, as he waits to die. Through all this, his loving wife, Helen, with her care and attention, works to awaken in him his fighting spirit and will to live.

Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner
Harry King

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denmar2, posted on October 14, 2014

I was two years old when this movie came out; Gregory Peck was my hero while I was growing up. Looking back to the 50s, I am struck how times have changed and this movie brings this fact to light. The classic theme of squandered youth, regrets and unrequited love is predictable in its projection but was most likely an original theme for its time. I appreciated how this movie pointed out the fundamental changes to our value systems over the past 60 plus years. In the fifties, pregnant women were expected to languish in bed and remain "quiet" but drinking alcohol during this crucial time frame was accepted. Another obvious discrepancy between the fifties and today is the abundance of wildlife and the snow capped peaks of Kilimanjaro in contrast to the dwindling wildlife and snowless peaks of Kilimanjaro today. Some of my favorite quotes: "Women are to hunt down and capture" (Harry). Two more quotes that caught my attention were stated as if the producer, Zanuk, could see into the future----"The fact that the airplane is faster than the horse doesn't prove the world is getting any better (Harry). The final quote was made by Harry's uncle: "It was a wise man who said if all the medicine was dumped into the sea, it would be a horrible day for the fish".

floydan, posted on April 18, 2013

...back when we all thought such trite, precocious drama was such fun...

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