- 1 videodisc (91 min., 40 sec.) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 in.
- Additional Authors
- Annaud, Jean-Jacques,Böehm, Michele,Bonnot, Françoise,Carmet, Jean,Cohn, Arthur,Conchon, Georges,Doll, Dora,Dufilho, Jacques,Perrin, Jacques,Rouvel, Catherine,Silvagni, Giorgio,Spiesser, Jacques,
- Corporate Author
- Artco Film Productions.Michael Arthur Film Productions.Reggane Films.Société française de photographie (1955)Société ivoirienne de production.
- "Janus Films ; HVE, Home Vision Entertainment"--Container.Accompanied by: Essay by Ronald Falzone and scene selection lists in English (4 pages).Cast: Jean Carmet, Jacques Dufilho, Catherine Rouvel, Jacques Spiesser, Dora Doll; and the inhabitants of Niofouin, Cote d'Ivoire.Contents: Black and white in color: Opening credits -- German army depends on us -- Just another day in the colony -- Simple geographer -- Matter of taste -- Vive le France! -- Conscripts -- Strategy -- Crossing the Rhine -- Patriotic spectacle -- Machine gun? -- Rising to the occasion -- Community support -- Terribly refined -- Decision #21 -- Christian conscience -- Name is Bartheleme -- Staging the troops -- Peace & security -- Trench warfare -- Decent army of French savages -- I used to be a socialist -- End credits.Credits: Editors, Françoise Bonnot, Michele Böehm ; music, Pierre Bachelet, Mat Camison ; camera, Claude Agostini, Eduardo Serra, Nanamoudo Magassouba ; Michael Arthur Film Productions.In French, German, and English with optional subtitles in English.Originally produced as a motion picture in 1976.Special features: Bonus feature: The sky above, the mud below (88 min., 1961); interview with the filmmakers; producer's perspective; filmographies.Summary: A French colony in Africa's Ivory Coast discovers months after the fact that World War I has begun. Spurred on by a capricious patriotism, they figure they'll do their part by attacking the German colony up the river. After all, they have six rifles, and one of them is an automatic. So off to war they march-- or rather, their servants do, carrying the white folk on palanquins. They soon stop for a lovely picnic. When machine gun fire is heard in the distance, they run back to the safety of the colony. All goes well until a young geographer becomes the key strategist for the French, working with the local tribal chief and turning the old colonial social hierarchy on its head.The sky above, the mud below: Opening credits -- Excursion -- Island of the wicked -- We were off -- First encounter -- News of our arrival -- Mock birth -- Adoption -- Ghost tree cutting -- Back to the sea -- Must be realistic -- Progress delayed -- From another world -- Bridge -- Going on -- Off at dawn -- Last edge -- Which river? -- At last.