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Uniform Title Victoire en chantant (Motion picture)
Title Black and white in color / Home Vision Entertainment ; Janus Films ; original screenplay by Georges Conchon and Jean-Jacques Annaud ; directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud ; an Arthur Cohn production ; Reggane-S.F.P.-Artco Film Productions in association with the Société Ivoirienne de Production ; produced by Arthur Cohn, Jacques Perrin, Giorgio Silvagni. The sky above, the mud below / Joseph E. Levine presents ; Embassy Pictures Corporation ; directed by Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau ; produced by Arthur Cohn and Rene LaFuite.

Imprint [Place of publication not identified] : Janus Films ; Chicago, IL : Distributed by Home Vision Entertainment, ©2003.


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 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult FOREIGN DVD  DVD FOREIGN FRE-B    Check Shelf
Description 1 videodisc (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 insert (1 folded sheet ([4] pages) : illustrations ; 19 cm).
Physical Medium plastic rdamat
4 3/4 in.
Description mono rdacpc
digital rdatr
video file rdaft
DVD video
Region 1 rdare
Series Classic collection (Chicago, Ill.)
Classic collection (Chicago, Ill.)
Language Black and white in color: In French, German, and English with optional subtitles in English. The sky above, the mud below: Narration in English.
System Details DVD, Region 1, mono, widescreen presentation aspect ratio 1.66:1.
Note Black and white in color originally titled: Noirs et blancs en couleur.
The sky above the mud below originally titled: Le ciel et la boue.
Cast Black and white in color: Jean Carmet, Jacques Dufilho, Catherine Rouvel, Jacques Spiesser, Dora Doll, Maurice Barrier, Benjamin Memel Atchori, Peter Berling, Marius Beugre Boignan, Claude Legros, and the inhabitants of Niofouin, Cote d'Ivoire.
Performer The sky above, the mud below: narrator, William Peacock.
Credits Black and white in color: editors, Françoise Bonnot, Michele Böehm ; original music, Pierre Bachelet ; camera, Claude Agostini ; subtitles, Liliane Strauss. The sky above, the mud below: cameraman, Gilbert Sarthre ; editor, Georges Arnstam.
The sky above, the mud below: camera, Gilbert Sarthre ; editor, Georges Arnstam.
Note Black and white in color was originally produced as a French motion picture in 1976.
The sky above, the mud below was originally produced as a French documentary in 1962.
Summary Black and white in color: A French colony in Africa's Ivory Coast discovers months after the fact that World War I has begun. Spurred on by a capricious patriotism, they figure they'll do their part by attacking the German colony up the river. After all, they have six rifles, and one of them is an automatic. So off to war they march -- or rather, their servants do, carrying the white folk on palanquins. They soon stop for a lovely picnic. When machine gun fire is heard in the distance, they run back to the safety of the colony. All goes well until a young geographer becomes the key strategist for the French, working with the local tribal chief and turning the old colonial social hierarchy on its head.
The sky above, the mud below: Long before PBS, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel made documentaries ubiquitous, films like this seminal if straightforward work were only available via local art house theaters. One of the earliest looks into native life on Papua New Guinea, this documentary follows a group of Europeans on a seven-month trek to bisect the island. During the perilous expedition (450 miles, as a crow flies) through jungle and across high altitudes, the group encounters tribes of headhunters and cannibals, observing and filming their rituals and ceremonies.
Contents Black and white in color: Opening credits -- The German army depends on us -- Just another day in the colony -- A simple geographer -- A matter of taste -- Vive le France! -- Conscripts -- Strategy -- Crossing the Rhine -- A patriotic spectacle -- A machine gun? -- Rising to the occasion -- Community support -- Terribly refined -- Decision #21 -- A Christian conscience -- The name is Bartheleme -- Staging the troops -- Peace & security -- Trench warfare -- A decent army of French savages -- I used to be a socialist -- End credits.
The sky above, the mud below (88 min.): Opening credits -- The excursion -- Island of the wicked -- We were off -- First encounter -- News of our arrival -- Mock birth -- Adoption -- Ghost tree cutting -- Back to the sea -- Must be realistic -- Progress delayed -- From another world -- A bridge -- Going on -- Off at dawn -- The last edge -- Which river? -- At last.
Note Special features: Interview with the filmmakers [director Jean-Jacques Annaud and producer Arthur Cohn] (14 min.); Arthur Cohn: producer's perspective (5 min.); filmographies [text feature]; essay by film historian Ronald Falzone [insert].
Awards Black and white in color: 1976 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film (Ivory Coast).
The sky above, the mud below (Le ciel et la boue): 1961 Academy Award winner for Best Feature Documentary.
Subject Côte d'Ivoire -- Drama.
Côte d'Ivoire -- Race relations -- Drama.
France -- Colonies -- Africa -- Drama.
Papua New Guinea -- Drama.
Racism -- Drama.
Papua New Guinea -- Description and travel.
Papua (Indonesia) -- Discovery and exploration.
Ethnology -- Indonesia -- Papua.
Natural history -- Indonesia -- Papua.
Headhunters -- Indonesia -- Papua.
Cannibalism -- Indonesia -- Papua.
Papua (Indonesia) -- Social life and customs.
Papua (Indonesia)
Cannibalism. (OCoLC)fst00845849
Discoveries in geography. (OCoLC)fst00894950
Ethnology. (OCoLC)fst00916106
French colonies. (OCoLC)fst01930852
Headhunters. (OCoLC)fst00952665
Manners and customs. (OCoLC)fst01007815
Natural history. (OCoLC)fst01034268
Race relations. (OCoLC)fst01086509
Racism. (OCoLC)fst01086616
Travel. (OCoLC)fst01155558
Africa. (OCoLC)fst01239509
Côte d'Ivoire. (OCoLC)fst01219323
Indonesia -- Papua. (OCoLC)fst01297513
Papua New Guinea. (OCoLC)fst01212610
Genre/Form Feature films.
Foreign films.
Feature films -- France.
Foreign language films -- French.
Foreign language films -- German.
Nonfiction films. (OCoLC)fst01710269
Fiction films. (OCoLC)fst01710264
Ethnographic films. (OCoLC)fst01710263
Comedy films. (OCoLC)fst01710291
Documentary films. (OCoLC)fst01710390
Drama. (OCoLC)fst01423879
Feature films. (OCoLC)fst01710384
War films. (OCoLC)fst01710402
Comedy films.
War films.
Fiction films.
Documentary films.
Ethnographic films.
Nonfiction films.
French language films.
Sociological drama.
Personal/independent works.
Added Author Cohn, Arthur, 1928-
Perrin, Jacques, 1941-2022
Levine, Joseph E.
Silvagni, Giorgio.
Annaud, Jean-Jacques.
Gaisseau, Pierre Dominique, 1923-1997.
Conchon, Georges, 1925-
LaFuite, Rene.
Carmet, Jean.
Dufilho, Jacques.
Rouvel, Catherine, 1939-
Spiesser, Jacques, 1947-
Doll, Dora, 1922-2015.
Peacock, William.
Reggane Films.
Société française de production.
Artco Film Productions.
Embassy Pictures Corp.
Janus Films.
Home Vision Entertainment (Firm)
Added Title Sky above, the mud below
Ciel et la boue. English.
ISBN 0780026489
Standard No. 037429176221
Music No. BLA 080 Home Vision Entertainment
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