Le ciel sur la tete (1965)

aka Sky Above Heaven

Article 3640 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-18-2011
Posting Date: 8-2-2011
Directed by Yves Ciampi
Featuring Andre Smagghe, Marcel Bozzuffi, Henri Piegay
Country: Italy / France
What it is: Science fiction thriller

A radioactive satellite pursues an aircraft carrier.

Some time ago I remember watching an American movie that seemed more like a foreign movie than anything else; I wish I could remember what movie it was. This movie seems to be its mirror opposite; though it’s a French/Italian coproduction, it seems more like an American movie, especially when it lovingly dwells on the spectacle of military technology. I just wish I could tell whether the movie is good or not; my copy is in unsubtitled French, and despite its emphasis on military spectacle, most of the plot seems to be encompassed in dialogue, so I can’t say whether its stylistic touches (it makes some truly interesting experiments with color, and the sound is loud, even shrill at times) make it work. I’ve found at least one reviewer considers the movie more of a commercial for the French aircraft carrier “Clemenceau”, and based on what I see here, I’d have to say that it’s the real star of the show, given how much screen time it’s given. The first half is pretty talky, but it does seem to pick up quite a bit towards the end; I just wish I knew precisely what was going on. At any rate, here’s another movie that has been saved from my “ones that got away” list.

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