The Sheltering Sky
Warner Archive Collection (series)
A woman's dangerous and erotic journey...
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- ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 1.85:1
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 18 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 25, 2016
- Originally Released: 2016
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Note: Making-of documentary
- Theatrical trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- English, French
- Subtitles - English, French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Debra Winger & John Malkovich|
|Performer:||Campbell Scott, Jill Bennett, Timothy Spall, Amina Annabi, Philippe Morier-Genoud & Sotigui Kouyaté|
|Directed by||Bernardo Bertolucci|
|Edited by||Gabriella Cristiani|
|Narrated by||Paul Bowles|
|Screenplay by||Bernardo Bertolucci & Mark Peploe|
|Original story by||Paul Bowles|
|Composition by||Ryuichi Sakamoto|
|Produced by||Jeremy Thomas|
|Director of Photography:||Vittorio Storaro|
Disappointing. Full Review
Rating: 2.5/5 -- Bertolucci's grand desert epic gets stuck in the sand right at the start.
A disappointingly reductive adaptation of Paul Bowles's first novel. Full Review
Rating: B+ -- Filled with stunning visuals. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: 4/5 -- A long, beautifully modulated cry of despair.
New York Times
Rating: 2/5 -- (No quote available.)
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Rating: 1.5/4 -- Soul searching is rarely a thrill a minute but it's rarely as tedious as this. ...Oscar-bait it may be, but "The Sheltering Sky" is more deserving of the First Annual Chicken Little Award. Full Review
James Sanford on Film
Description by OLDIES.com:
Port and Kit Moresby (John Malkovich and Debra Winger) are American artists and self-styled "travelers" (as opposed to tourists) exploring Saharan Africa. Their ten-year marriage is strained enough to be threatened by the presence of their boorish companion, Tunner (Campbell Scott), who has designs on Kit. The couple's restlessness, along with a kind of fascination with their own estrangement, keeps them moving further away from civilization and from infidelity. Port grows ill, however, and Kit finds herself alone in the desert, cut off from everything she knows.
Port and Kit Moresby (John Malkovich and Debra Winger) are American artists and self-styled "travelers" (as opposed to tourists) exploring Saharan Africa. Their 10-year marriage is strained enough to be threatened by the presence of their boorish companion, Tunner (Campbell Scott), who has designs on Kit. The couple's restlessness, along with a kind of fascination with their own estrangement, keeps them moving further away from civilization and from infidelity. Port grows ill, however, and Kit finds herself alone in the desert, cut off from everything she knows. Director Bernardo Bertolucci and director of photography Vittorio Storaro fabulously capture the forbidding beauty of the Saharan locations, as well as Malkovich's brooding self-assurance and Winger's artless sexuality. The color schemes of red and blue serve the story of lovers who live on different emotional planes. Paul Bowles, the expatriate author whose semiautobiographical novel is the basis for the film, comments on the action as a narrator and one-man chorus. He warns Kit, and the viewer, that life is far more finite than one habitually imagines, and that the chance to put things right will not wait forever.
Three Americans find more than they bargained for as they travel through postwar Africa in this adaptation of Paul Bowles's novel. Kit (Debra Winger) and Port (John Malkovich) are a married couple separated by a strange schism; they try to escape their alienation by moving deeper and deeper into the unfamiliar. Port is mesmerized, but it is Kit who must ultimately find the strength to survive in a world so unknown as to be dreamlike.
Adventure | Psychodrama | Romance | Suspense | Thriller | On-The-Road | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- The filmmakers shot on location in Tangier, Morocco; Niger; and Algeria.
- Following the film's release, the 1949 novel returned to the bestseller list.
- Kit: "We're not tourists, we're travelers." Tunner: "Oh. What's the difference'" Port: "A tourist is someone who thinks about going home the moment they arrive, Tunner."
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