|Paul Bowles: The Cage Door is Always Open
A film by Daniel Young
87 minutes, documentary, color, 2013
When Paul Bowles moved to Tangiers, Morocco in 1949, it was a sanctuary for artists, writers and the wealthy to do as they pleased without fear of prosecution. Soon, his friends from America began visiting: Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Gore Vidal, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and many others. The Beats and the Hippies all searched him out, lured by the mysterious, exotic world he depicted in his books, notably The Sheltering Sky. But that was only one side of the story.
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"Lively and evocative...brimming with fascinating people. For many filmgoers, the most familiar work of Bowles is his 1949 novel The Sheltering Sky, made into a film 40 years later by Bernardo Bertolucci, one of some 20 interviewees, including Bowles himself, in this thoroughly researched documentary." - The Hollywood Reporter
"An ambitious cinematic portrait that deciphers the turbulent writing and mysterious persona of Paul Bowles." - Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival