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20 October 2008 @ 09:30 am
The Sheltering Sky  
Watched The Sheltering Sky last night. Pretty intense film. John Malkovich and Debra Winger star as a couple of writers from New York City who are traveling through Morocco, trying (to some degree) to reconnect after a decade of unconventional marriage. As their journey takes them farther and farther from the relative civilization of Tangier into the increasingly alien desert culture, events in their life turn bleaker and bleaker, although definitely less dark than the novel it's based on. It's not a happy film, but it is a deeply philosophical and beautiful one. Director Bernardo Bertolucci spotlights the various cultures like an anthropologist, lovingly explores every inch of the amazing architecture, and captures some of the most gorgeous shots ever of the Sahara and its surroundings. Paul Bowles, who wrote the novel (and lived at least a little of it), actually appears in the film and does a little light narrating.

Listening to: Iron & Wine - "Each Coming Night"
alsnowgrrl: Art Boobsalsnowgrrl on October 20th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
No picture........
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin zoomassmonkeydiary on October 21st, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
Gah... I was rushing and I botched the HTML. Thanks.
(Anonymous) on October 20th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
My favorite book. -'trix
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: icegrafassmonkeydiary on October 21st, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
I want to read Jane Bowles now.
alsnowgrrl: Art Boobsalsnowgrrl on October 21st, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
Cool! Was worth the wait!
(Anonymous) on October 21st, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
The Sheltering Sky
Just in case you're interested, "The Sheltering Sky" inspired the very literate Sting during his days with the Police's, to write the shong "Tea in the Sahara", which is on their "Synchronicity" CD. It's a beautiful, haunting song, written before began to suck.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: ballerina escapeassmonkeydiary on October 21st, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
Re: The Sheltering Sky
Interesting. I'll brave my allergy to Sting and take a listen.
ghibli_geek on October 21st, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)
Oooh! Today's photo was worth the wait! Lovely!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: meditatingassmonkeydiary on October 21st, 2008 01:54 pm (UTC)
She has a nice nest. How's the packing going?
ghibli_geek on October 21st, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
It's not! It's not! I'm falling apart! From the worry! Aiiiieeee!
(Anonymous) on October 22nd, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Hey, that is a great photo. Can you give an attribution? I'd like to see more by the photographer.

- 'trix
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: orange peekassmonkeydiary on October 23rd, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
Here's the whole photo shoot:


I've used a couple from it, but may use even more.