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19 June 1962 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Gerard Delloye ... Himself
Tony Saulnier ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herve de Maigret ... Himself
William Dexter ... Narrator (English version) (as William Peacock)
Jan Sneep ... Himself

Directed by
Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau 

Produced by
Arthur Cohn .... producer
René Lafuite .... producer
Original Music by
Jacques Lasry 
Cinematography by
Jean Bardes-Pages 
Gilbert Sarthre 
Film Editing by
Georges Arnstam 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gerard Delloye .... assistant director
Sound Department
Herve de Maigret .... sound

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92 min
Color (Agfacolor)
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the past in the present, 20 December 2006
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

Watching "Le ciel et la boue" (called "The Sky Above, The Mud Below" in English), I got the feeling that it may have been one of the last chances that the documentary makers had to do this; after all, how many indigenous cultures still live their traditional ways? At times, the filmmakers use some pre-conscious terms such as "savage" and "civilization", but we understand that they aren't actually trying to attack the people on whom they're focusing.

I will say that the parts about airplanes flying supplies in gave me the impression that the filmmakers wimped out sometimes. But overall, the documentary is a fascinating look at cultures which may not have survived much longer. I recommend it.

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