The Valley 2.0 stars

Barbet Schroeder's heady blend of Old World adventure and Jet Age angst has a band of hippie-types seeking metaphysical truths on a journey to New Guinea's terra incognita. Nestor Almendros's location photography of plains, jungle, tent interiors, and cloud-shrouded mountain sides caresses the settings for their tactile properties, most notably in the big scene where Bulle Ogier drinks the liquor of Dionysus, curls up embryo-style in the exposed roots of a giant tree, crawls along the jungle floor on bare knees, and drapes a lime-green snake around her neck, very imprudently. With Jean-Pierre Kalfon and Michael Gothard. 1972.

Duncan Shepherd

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