I LOVED "Another Sky". It was the
ultimate escape movie for me. I've always been fascinated with Morocco - especially down in the
Sahara part of the country. I've always yearned to spend time with
the Blue Berber tribes. Its on my
bucket list. Again, really LOVED
this unique black and white older
There are two essential problems with this little film. Number one, is that this is a "coded" story: the heroine should actually be a hero. Rather like Tennesee Williams's "Mrs. Stone" the protagonist's gender is her own "beard". Proper English ladies don't generally fall head over heels over a paid male escort after a single night of looooooove. However, in Paul Bowles' queer little circle (of which Lambert was a part), it happened to proper gentlemen all the time. The other problem is that since this is shot "documentary-style", it is rather difficult to understand the irresistible allure of the culture presented. Exotic, yes...but portrayed stylistically like a very early newsreel created for National Geographic. Not sexy. The charms of the object of the heroine's obsession are also negligible. (Warren Beatty, he AIN'T). But Another Sky is worth seeing as a period curiosity, and also as an example of how Williams' and Bowles' sensibilities were filtered through the lens of a less-talented pal.
Given the resources available, this is an outstanding small film which with a small cast brings to life the look and feel of Morocco in the mid 1950s, unfortunately in black and white however.
Gavin Lambert was part of the whole scene in Morocco for awhile, along with Paul Bowles, William Burroughs, Tennessee Williams, Christopher Isherwood, et al, and the film has something of the feel of that artistic atmosphere.
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