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La vallée (1972)

Filmmaker Barbet Schroeder explores themes of sexual freedom, mind alteration, and pursuit of paradise against the backdrop of an early 70's encounter with the Mapuga rain forest tribe in upland New Guinea.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jérôme Beauvarlet Jérôme Beauvarlet ... Yann
Monique Giraudy Monique Giraudy ... Monique
Michael Gothard ... Olivier
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Gaetan
Valérie Lagrange Valérie Lagrange ... Hermine
Bulle Ogier ... Viviane
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Storyline

Viviane, a French Consul's wife, is in New Guinea to find exotic feathers for export to Paris. She encounters four European travelers who are en route to "La Vallée": The Valley, high in the Guinean mountains, is shown on maps as 'Obscured by Clouds' and is beyond their previous experiences. Viviane joins their trek to find rare feathers and soon becomes entwined in their journey. Their extended stay with the Mapuga tribe brings a denouement between western and indigenous values before their final quest toward the 'Valley of the Gods'. Written by Neal Wells <nealypie@yahoo.com>

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Valley See more »

Filming Locations:

Papua New Guinea

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The soundtrack to this film was released as a Pink Floyd album. Due to a spat with the film company after filming was complete, the Floyd decided not to mention the planned film title, "La Vallee," in the album's title and instead chose to call the release "Obscured By Clouds," echoing a line of dialogue from the film. In response, "Obscured By Clouds" was added as a subtitle so it could gain from Pink Floyd's popularity. This turned out to be a good move as Pink Floyd would soon gain even more fame with the release of "Dark Side of the Moon" just a few months later. See more »

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Narrator: [V.O] In the heart of New Guinea, one of the world's largest islands, the Australians discovered these mountains in 1954. No roads lead to them. They are inaccessible. We are above unexplored regions. They are not on the map or more precisely, they are shown only as white spots. It is the unknown.
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Wots...Uh the Deal
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Film With Pink Floyd Soundtrack
9 March 2000 | by Phantom MoonheadSee all my reviews

I would bet that most of the people who seek out this film are either Schroeder compilists or Pink Floyd fans. The film follows the odyssey of a bored rich girl who goes looking for rare feathers in a "Mystical" jungle that is covered in clouds. The full title is "The Valley Obscured By Clouds" and the soundtrack(Obscured By Clouds)was Pink Floyd's last soundtrack right before they made "Dark Side of The Moon".

The film contains some generous sex scenes,some nudity and a Pig slaughtering scene that might not appeal to timid viewers but it does have a neat soundtrack and some different versions of Floyd songs can be heard here,if only in snippets. Although it gets a good rating,Schroeder and Floyd fans might be better off with "More" another Schroeder film with a more complete soundtrack.


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