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The Valley (Obscured by Clouds) (1972)

La vallée (original title)
| Drama | April 1977 (USA)
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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Barbet Schroeder

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Barbet Schroeder (screenplay), Barbet Schroeder (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Bulle Ogier ... Viviane
Jean-Pierre Kalfon ... Gaëtan
Michael Gothard ... Olivier
Valérie Lagrange ... Hermine
Monique Giraudy Monique Giraudy ... Monique
Jérôme Beauvarlet Jérôme Beauvarlet ... Yann
Bob Mac Kay Bob Mac Kay
Charles Ivano Charles Ivano
The Mapuga Tribe and its Chiefs The Mapuga Tribe and its Chiefs ... Themselves
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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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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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Mudmen
Written by Pink Floyd
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Not at all Bad
22 May 2007 | by llareggubSee all my reviews

Movies set in PNG are thin on the ground. Movies actually filmed in PNG can be counted on one finger. 'Bruce Lee in PNG' was filmed in Hong Kong, I think; and the wonderful 'Krippendorf's Tribe' was shot in Hawaii. Recently, Alistair Grearson's 'Kokoda' was shot in the hills behind the Gold Coast. Do not let that stop you seeing either of the last two, but anyone who has lived in the Territory will tell you it cannot be replicated on a film set. If this movie wound up as a hippie National Geographic road trip, so what? What else could it be? The joint is unbelievable- their joints are unbelievable! Everyone who has lived there has felt they were privvy to the Last Paradise. As a hippie I would have given it 10 out of 10, but back then, I did not know PNG, I was just interested in The Floyd's latest Album. Now, as an ageing hippie, I give it a 7, but that is more a gauge of what I have lost than a reflection on this extraordinary film.

A must see, on SBS, very late; rather sad, given crap like 'Die Hard XXIV' will screen a zillion times in prime time between repeats of this.


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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

April 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Papua New Guinea

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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