Le Ciel et la boue

by Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau 1h32min France 1961
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Le Ciel et la boue
by Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau

In September, 1959, six Europeans leave Cook's Bay on the southern coast of Dutch New Guinea, now West Papua or Irian Jaya, to trek north to the far side of the island. The journey (450 miles, as a crow flies) across unmapped territory took seven months; three Muyu porters died. Near both coasts, the expedition met villagers who invited them to observe rituals and live with them. In the interior, all villagers kept them at bay, and they depended on air lifts from Hollandia for food and supplies. They climbed above 10,000 feet, built 14 bridges, and fought leeches and malaria. The narrator focuses on describing Stone Age savages, headhunters, and cannibals.

Status of the VoD copy


  • Gerard Delloye : Lui-même
  • Tony Saulnier : Lui-même
  • Hervé de Maigret : Lui-même
  • Jan Sneep : Lui-même
  • William Dexter : Le narrateur


  • Director Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau
  • Scenario Pierre-Dominique Gaisseau
  • Photo director Jean Bardes-Pages, Gilbert Sarthre
  • Editing Georges Arnstam
  • Original music Jacques Lasry
  • Producer Arthur Cohn, René Lafuite
  • Production Compagny Ardennes Films, Société Parisienne de Cinéma (SPC)

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1.66:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1961
  • Release date for France03/22/1961
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageFrench
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