The Sheltering Sky

The Sheltering Sky

DVD - 2016
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An American artist couple, drawn by desire to the Sahara, travel there shortly after World War II in order to follow their passionate obsessions in an attempt to recapture the love they once shared.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD SHELTER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (138 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequence ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby,rda
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video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
Language Note: In English or dubbed French with optional subtitles in English or French; closed-captioned

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ThPunnoval
May 12, 2019

Paul Bowles was the literary master of suspense dealing with unknown foreign environments. Bertolucci manages to capture the fear of the unknown exceptionally well.
This movie was a commercial flop when it came out in 1990 so I never had a chance to see it. Kudos to Warner for re-releasing it on DVD.
It is a must see for all Bowles' fans (including those of his wife Jane who Winger resembles.) The cinematography is exceptional and if you want more details read the NY times review by Vincent Canby.

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oldwestfan
Mar 16, 2019

Following The Last Emperor, which won 9 Academy Awards including Best Picture, another ambitious prestige project clearly w visions of more Oscars that never came, directed by Bertolucci in David Lean style. It could be called Once Upon A Time in Arabia, for it takes place in 1947 when westerners apparently journeyed without undue fear among the Saharan people of the time and were welcomed hospitably. A better time in that regard.

After some early off-putting pretentious dialogue, I found myself carried along by the story. Still, the subject matter doesn't seem to justify the fairly epic scale. The photography is splendorous and there are numerous memorable scenes: As in his other films, Berto has an eye for nature's miracles - from the vast landscapes of Saharan Africa, to the faces of its' people, to the hypnotic voluptuousness of the exotic Arabian seductress in the first part of the film. Yes, Berto has an eye for all of that.

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xiaojunbpl12
Oct 16, 2018

Beautifully made, many scenes visualize my imagination at the time of reading the book. Great acting, magnificent music. Cameo narration by Paul Bowles appear unnecessary to me, but may enhance elucidation for viewers who haven't read the book.
Bertolucci's explanation (in Extra feature) on theme - love and relationship... - his conscious effort, perhaps. Subconsciously, he revealed deeper meaning.

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patch666
Jun 30, 2017

Great film but the book is epic !!! great cast and scenery its slow and "depressing" but beautiful like real life ~420

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KatherineHere
Jun 01, 2016

Bizarre, bewildering, depressing, tedious, terrible acting, but beautiful scenery and some very, very strange and interesting cultural scenes and music. Apparently, you need to read the book first so you can understand it. Definitely an adult film (sex/nudity).

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Apr 01, 2012

Because we don't know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well, yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more, perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.

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