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Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (1998)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | April 1999 (USA)
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Credited cast:
Paul Bowles ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William S. Burroughs ... Himself
Cherifa Cherifa ... Herself
Mohammed Choukri Mohammed Choukri ... Himself
Allen Ginsberg ... Himself
David Herbert David Herbert ... Himself
Tom McCamus ... Reader (voice)
Joseph McPhillips III Joseph McPhillips III ... Himself
Mohammed Mrabet Mohammed Mrabet ... Himself
Phillip Ramey Phillip Ramey ... Himself
Jonathan Sheffer Jonathan Sheffer ... Himself


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April 1999 (USA) See more »


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$5,869, 2 May 1999

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A fascinating glimpse into the mind of an enigmatic writer.
21 August 1999 | by mizkwebbSee all my reviews

This documentary is a fascinating, poignant effort to assess the life of mysterious expatriate writer Paul Bowles. It includes archival "home movie" footage, as well as interviews with William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and other "beat" era writers who knew Bowles and his wife Jane during his 50 years in Morocco. We see a man who is obviously on death's doorstep, but who has made a semblance of peace with himself and his past. He discusses his philosophy on writing (he basically doesn't have one), his life with Jane, his homosexuality, and his complex relationship with his adopted country. This film does not earn a higher rating, because it teases more than it tells . . . probably due to the difficulty of getting information from Bowles. It will make you want to read his autobiography and all his other literary works, if you haven't already done so.

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