The Sky Above--The Mud Below


1h 30m 1962

Film Details

Also Known As
Le ciel et la boue
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Jun 1962
Production Company
Ardennes-Films; Michael Arthur Films; Société Parisienne de Cinéma
Distribution Company
Embassy Pictures
Country
Belgium

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

Synopsis

In 1959 adventurer Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau organizes a 7-month Franco-Dutch expedition 1,000 miles into New Guinea. Accompanied by six fellow explorers, four soldiers, and 60 bearers, Gaisseau travels on foot and by raft and canoe. The company crosses mountain ranges, descends into valleys, and charts the Princess Marijke River; its members are introduced to the rituals of cannibals, pygmies, and headhunters and plagued by leeches and swarms of insects. At the journey's end three escorts are dead; eight men have been wounded; and 22 have fallen ill.

Film Details

Also Known As
Le ciel et la boue
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Jun 1962
Production Company
Ardennes-Films; Michael Arthur Films; Société Parisienne de Cinéma
Distribution Company
Embassy Pictures
Country
Belgium

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m

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Notes

Opened in Paris in May 1961 as Le ciel et la boue; running time: 85 min. Ardennes Films receives credit as principal production company; made in cooperation with Michael Arthur Films. Only a French source credits the Société Parisienne de Cinéma as a production company.