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Paul Bowles - The Complete Outsider

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Filmed in Morocco and featuring exclusive interviews with cultural icons such as Allen Ginsberg, PAUL BOWLES: THE COMPLETE OUTSIDER explores the esoteric life of the man who wrote the 'The Sheltering Sky', one of the most provocative and influential novels of the 20th century.

Bowles led an enigmatic existence in harsh but beautiful Morocco. He became an icon to the Beat Generation and influenced a generation of artists-- from Ginsberg and William Burroughs to David Cronenberg and Bernardo Bertolucci. The film explores his development as a novelist and composer, his marriage to writer Jane Bowles, and his ambiguous sexuality.

In a series of intimate conversations, Bowles speaks candidly about his writing, his music, his use of drugs and his array of friends-- including W.H. Auden, Tennessee Williams, Aaron Copland, Gertrude Stein, and Allen Ginsberg. Interwoven with rare archival footage, photos and interviews, PAUL BOWLES: THE COMPLETE OUTSIDER reveals a man who has always made his own rules.

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For fans of Bowles, the film is a juicy nugget of biographical info; for those unfamiliar with the writer, it might inspire them to check out the source. --Austin Chronicle

Paul Bowles brought distant realms of landscape and mind close to the heart of American literature. --The New York Times

Special Features

  • New interview with Ned Rorem
  • New interview with filmmakers
  • Filmmaker biographies

Product Details

  • Actors: Allen Ginsberg, Paul Bowles, Brian Woolfenden
  • Directors: Catherine Warnow, Regina Weinreich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PKG7LG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I don't think any writer has ever been served as well by a documentary as Paul Bowles is in this excellent film. There are stimulating interviews with Bowles and his critics and friends, and the differces and contradictions in their views are thoroughly explored. Allen Ginsberg gives a remarkable, lucid explication of Bowles' world-view, and others give honest glimpses into his fascinating life. The filmakers pull off the impossible trick of being severely objective and sympathetic at the same time; their approach is the journalistic equal of Bowles prose style. Includes excerpts from Bowles' lively musical compositions. Bowles was a terrifying, implacable writer but he had something important so say, and fans of "The Sheltering Sky", "A Distant Episode" and his other work should not miss this.
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For anyone who loves the writings of Paul Bowles and is just as intrigued by the man himself, see this documentary...
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Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider is a DVD documentary and biography of influential 20th century novelist Paul Bowles, perhaps best known for writing "The Sheltering Sky". Filmed in Morocco and featuring exclusive interviews with well-known cultural figures Allen Ginsberg and Ned Rorem, Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider explores Bowles' development as a novelist and composer, his marriage to writer Jane Bowles, and his amorphous sexuality. Bowles himself speaks about his life, writing, music, his use of drugs, and his friends, including W.H. Auden, Tennessee Williams, Aaron Copland, Gertrude Stein, and Ginsberg. Rare archival footage and interviews round out The Complete Outsider as a "must-have" for readers, students, and scholars of Paul Bowles' works.
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..This nails the guy as the legend would have us believe, paul down in the Medina shooting it with the hustlers & up on the roof terrace enjoying a little kif at sunset...A true trailblazer if ever there was one!....Radical s@!t....
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I have always been fascinated with Morocco and have lived there now for nearly eight years. Bowles provides us in his writing and in this documentary of his life an insight into what Morocco was like in days gone by. It must have been a fascinating place! I realize that the country has made tremendous steps forward over the past 42 years since I first set foot in Morocco, but you have to wonder if something has not been lost over the years. As countries become more modern there is a certain quality and uniqueness captured in Bowles' writings and experiences that seems to go by the wayside. I'm sure it's all progress and I doubt many Moroccans would want to go back to the past of their grandparents, but I thoroughly enjoy reading those experiences of people who lived in Morocco in days gone by and who chronicled their lives and thoughts for everyone to share in and learn from.
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