The Sheltering Sky


2h 15m 1990

Brief Synopsis

A romantic drama set in the Sahara Desert in 1948.

Film Details

Also Known As
Il Te' Nel Deserto, Sheltering Sky, Te' Nel Deserto, Un The au Sahara, cielo protector, El
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1990
Production Company
Corbett & Keene; Film Trustees Ltd; Glinwood Films; Glinwood Films Ltd; Rafael; Recorded Picture Company; Sahara Company Ltd; Shochiku-Fuji Company Ltd; Warner Bros. Pictures
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD); 20th Century Fox International; Acteurs Auteurs Associés (AAA); Bskyb; Clmc Multimedia Sa; Concorde Films; Hoyts Distribution; Iberoamericana Films; Independent Productions; Jugendfilm; Monopol Films; Opal/Solopan; Palace Pictures; Penta Distribuzione; Shochiku-Fuji Company Ltd; Stiller Films; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group; Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution; Zeta Films
Location
Tangiers, Morocco; Sahara Desert, North Africa; Quarzazate, Morocco; Niger, Nigeria; London, England, United Kingdom; Algeria; Cinecitta Studios, Rome, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 15m

Synopsis

A romantic drama set in the Sahara Desert in 1948.

Crew

Karim Abouobayd

Production Assistant (Morocco)

James Acheson

Costume Designer

Renato Agostini

Special Effects Supervisor

Zakaria Alaoui

Production Manager (Morocco)

Giuseppe Alberti

Other

William Aldrich

Executive Producer

Claudio Amati

3rd Assistant Director

Linda Armstrong

Makeup

Don Banks

Boom Operator

Mohamed Ben Hmamane

Production Assistant (Morocco)

Djaffar Bennaissa

Production Assistant (Algeria)

John Bernard

Location Manager (Morocco)

Rino Bernardini

Other

Bernardo Bertolucci

Screenwriter

John Birkinshaw

Costume Assistant

Danilo Bollettini

Special Effects Technician

Paul Bowles

Source Material (From Novel)

Filippo Cafolla

Gaffer

Sabrina Canale

Other

Nicoletta Canevari

2nd Assistant Director

Serena Canevari

1st Assistant Director

Gabriella Christiani

Editor

David Coldham

Other

Dean Coldham

Other

Bernard Collins

Carpenter

Hazel Crombie

Production Accountant

Mano Dayak

Other

Brahim Derham

Location Manager (Morocco)

Robert Devine

Construction Manager Assistant

Chiaf Diab

Production Assistant (Algeria)

Abdessamad Dinia

2nd Assistant Director (Algeria)

Suzanne Durrenberger

Script Supervisor

Paul Engelen

Chief Makeup

Antonio Etzi

Craft Service

Echaref Fouzia

Other

Celestia Fox

Casting (London)

Joe Fox

Carpenter

John Frankish

Art Direction (Quarzazte)

Bonaventura Fraulo

Property Master

Driss Gaidi

Location Manager (Morocco)

Frank Gardiner

Costume Designer Assistant

Marina Grappelli

Accountant Assistant

Hind Hanif

Production Coordinator (Morocco)

Ahmed Hatimi

1st Assistant Director (Algeria)

Richard Horowitz

Music

Colin Jamison

Chief Hairstyles

Oum Keltoum

3rd Assistant Director (Algeria)

Geoffrey Kingsley

Construction Manager

Philip Kohler

Location Manager (Algeria/Niger)

Roberto Malerba

Production Assistant

Peter Mann

Carpenter

Alfredo Marchetti

Key Grip

Stefano Marino

Bestboy

Antonio Marra

Bestboy

Fernand Moszkovicz

Consultant To Bernardo Bertolucci

David Motta

Sound Maintenance

Nia Mustapha

Production Manager (Algeria)

Brian Neighbour

Carpenter

Angelo Novi

Stills (Algeria)

Denise O'dell

Production Supervisor

Mark Peploe

Screenwriter

Leslie Phipps

Other

Michele Picciaredda

Camera Operator

Richard Pointing

Costume Supervisor

Joel Proust

Wrangler Supervisor

John F Ralph

Art Direction (Tangier)

Anthony Rhone

Carpenter

Barry Richardson

Hairstyles

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Music

Andrew Sanders

Art Direction Supervisor

Michael Saxton

Post-Production Supervisor

Ferdinando Scarfiotti

Production Designer

Ivan Sharrock

Sound Recording Mixer

Les Silk

Other

Gianni Silvestri

Production Designer

Stephen Simmons

Art Direction (Algeria)

Cynthia Sleiter

Set Dresser

Elvio Sordoni

Assistant Editor

Adrian Start

Carpenter

Vittorio Storaro

Director Of Photography

Ron Swinburne

Other

Marmouria Tamar

Production Assistant (Algeria)

Ann Tasker

Publicist

Juliet Taylor

Casting Director (Usa)

Jeremy Thomas

Producer

Gabriella Toro

Production Coordinator

Lucio Trentini

Production Manager

Enrico Umetelli

Camera Operator

Derek Whorlow

Carpenter

Ray Williams

Music Coordinator

David Williamson

Carpenter

Film Details

Also Known As
Il Te' Nel Deserto, Sheltering Sky, Te' Nel Deserto, Un The au Sahara, cielo protector, El
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1990
Production Company
Corbett & Keene; Film Trustees Ltd; Glinwood Films; Glinwood Films Ltd; Rafael; Recorded Picture Company; Sahara Company Ltd; Shochiku-Fuji Company Ltd; Warner Bros. Pictures
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD); 20th Century Fox International; Acteurs Auteurs Associés (AAA); Bskyb; Clmc Multimedia Sa; Concorde Films; Hoyts Distribution; Iberoamericana Films; Independent Productions; Jugendfilm; Monopol Films; Opal/Solopan; Palace Pictures; Penta Distribuzione; Shochiku-Fuji Company Ltd; Stiller Films; Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group; Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution; Zeta Films
Location
Tangiers, Morocco; Sahara Desert, North Africa; Quarzazate, Morocco; Niger, Nigeria; London, England, United Kingdom; Algeria; Cinecitta Studios, Rome, Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 15m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Expanded Release in United States January 4, 1991

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States November 1990

Released in United States on Video May 1, 1991

Released in United States Winter December 12, 1990

Shown at London Film Festival November 8-25, 1990.

Began shooting September 21, 1989.

Completed shooting January 26, 1990.

William Hurt and Melanie Griffith were Bertolucci's first choices for the leads. Film shot for two months in the Sahara starting in November 1989. A co-production between Italy and Gibraltar. Vittorio Storaro was cited for best cinematography of 1990 by the New York Film Critics Circle.

Released in United States 1996 (Shown in Los Angeles (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) August 31 - September 2 as part of program "Bravo Bertolucci" June 29 - September 2, 1996.)

Expanded Release in United States January 4, 1991

Released in United States on Video May 1, 1991

Released in United States November 1990 (Shown at London Film Festival November 8-25, 1990.)

Released in United States Winter December 12, 1990