Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This documentary presents a portrait of author, journalist,and composer Paul Bowles. Born in New York, on December 30, 1910, Bowles achieved his first success in the entertainment industry, composing musical scores for stage, ballet, and film. In the 1940's, he became the music critic for the New York Herald Tribune. In the early 1950's, he and his wife, author Jane Bowles, left the United States to live in Tangier, Morocco. Morocco became the fascinating backdrop for Paul Bowles' novels, admired by the Beat Generation, such as The Sheltering Sky, and Let It Come Down. His autobiography, written in 1991, is Without Stopping. His works influenced his literary friends, such as Gertrude Stein, Alan Ginsberg, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and William Burroughs. His books examined the exotic and often harsh cultural incongruities of life, as expressed through the evocative setting of Morocco. The film goes on location to romantic Morocco.