Berkeley Cole enjoys an evening of storytelling by Karen Blixen, and then together with Denys Finch Hatton, thanks her with a rousing song.
In the book, Conversations at the American Film Institute with the Great Moviemakers, Meryl Streep recalls to the interviewer:
…one of the earliest sequences is at the dinner table where Redford comes for dinner, and basically falls in love. Michael Kitchen is his compadre and they come and I tell a lot of stories. I was doing this and they were kind of glazing over after I would tell the same story, so I started making up the stories. Redford’s very easy to crack up — he has no control. So that was fun. A lot of improvisation and stuff.
Was there a lot of improvisation in the scene?
No, only off-camera when Sydney wanted me to elicit certain reactions from the actors.