The Valley (Obscured by Clouds) DVD+Blu-ray
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Directed by Barbet Schroeder
Produced in 1972
Main Language - French / English with English subtitles
A group of dropouts and dreamers search for New Guinea's uncharted Valley of the Gods, resulting in an odyssey of sexual and spiritual discovery.
Barbet Schroeder’s beautiful second feature, The Valley probes the limits of experience and freedom – journeying into the unknown to the sounds of Pink Floyd’s especially composed soundtrack, Obscured by Clouds.
Aided by Nester Almendros’ striking photography and the tribes people of the Mapuga – who allowed westerners to participate in and film their rites for the first time – the film is an authentic tribute to a liberating sense of adventure.
Length: 105 mins
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Cat No: BFIB1039
Format: DVD+Blu-ray Colour
- 2 discs
- Director-approved High Definition transfer from the original negative
- Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
- Original and digitally-restored optional, director-approved 'optical effect' ending (Blu-ray only)
- Three 1971 ethnographic documentary shorts directed by Barbet Schroeder: Le cochon aux patates douces, about the Mapuga tribe’s feast of pigs with sweet potatoes
- Maquillages, which examines the different types of ceremonial make-up worn by the Mapuga tribe and Sing Sing, on the ceremony of ‘Sing Sing’ practised by Papua New Guinea’s tribes
- Theatrical trailers for Schroeder’s The Valley, More (1969) and Maitresse (1974)
- Illustrated 26-page booklet with rare on-set photographs, an essay, ‘Childhood’s End: Pink Floyd’s Music for The Valley (Obscured by Clouds)’ by Rob Young and an essay and new director interview by Emilie Bickerton.
by Barry Forshaw on 16th February 2010
A memorable excavation, The Valley (Obscured by Clouds), the striking second feature from Barbet Schroeder (whose career includes such films as Barfly, Reversal of For... Read on
A memorable excavation, The Valley (Obscured by Clouds), the striking second feature from Barbet Schroeder (whose career includes such films as Barfly, Reversal of Fortune and Single White Female), appears from the BFI in one of their welcome Dual Format Editions (DVD and Blu-ray). Famously, the film's spiritual and physical journey is scored to Pink Floyd's cult soundtrack, later released as the album Obscured by Clouds. What is interesting is the fact that the film (when seen in the 21st century) is no drug-addled embracing of spiritual enlightenment, but a crushing denunction of the hippie dreams and its idealising of more primitive cultures. Hide