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19 June 1962 (USA) See more »
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Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Embarrassing 'us' the civilized and 'them' the savages story. See more (8 total) »


  (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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Referenced in Mafioso (1962)See more »


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Embarrassing 'us' the civilized and 'them' the savages story., 12 June 2000
Author: gordonty from Hollywood, CA

'Sky Above, Mud Below' by today's standards would not qualify as a documentary despite its Academy Award for best documentary feature in 1961. The film is painfully patronizing, while simultaneously insulting and embarrassing. The narration is a constant irritant in both it's tone and content. At one point the narrator even whispers as if standing just out of sight of the camera with a microphone in hand, ala Howard Cosell. Much of the film is quite obviously staged and many things are mentioned to be going on while never shown. The only use for this documentary now after nearly 40 years is to be the next victim of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

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