Let It Come Down: The Life Of Paul Bowles

Release Information
November 30, 1999
Toronto
Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)
November 30, 1999
Toronto
Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)
November 30, 1999
Toronto (Bloor)
Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)
November 30, 1999
Toronto (Bloor)
Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)
February 12, 1999
Toronto
Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)
February 12, 1999
Toronto
Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)
February 12, 1999
Toronto (Bloor)
Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)
February 12, 1999
Toronto (Bloor)
Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)
Budget
Actual cost: $300,000
Budget: $300,000
Distributors
Cn Mongrel Media Inc.
US Zeitgeist

Production Details

Executive Producer
Daniel Iron
Daniel Iron
Daniel Iron
Daniel Iron
Daniel Iron
Producer
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Nicholas de Pencier
Nicholas de Pencier
Nicholas de Pencier
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Denise Holloway
Nicholas de Pencier
Nicholas de Pencier
Nicholas de Pencier
Daniel Iron
Daniel Iron
Daniel Iron
Daniel Iron
Daniel Iron
Daniel Iron
Daniel Iron
Daniel Iron
Daniel Iron
Daniel Iron
Daniel Iron
Director
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Jennifer Baichwal
Director of Photography
Nicholas de Pencier
Nicholas de Pencier
Nicholas de Pencier
Nicholas de Pencier
Music
Paul Bowles
Paul Bowles
Editor
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
David Wharnsby
Cast
Mohammed Mrabet
Mohammed Choukri
David Herbert
Gustavo Romero
Ned Rorem
Jonathan Sheffer
Phillip Ramey
William Burroughs
William Burroughs
Paul Bowles
Joe McPhillips
Marguerite McBey
Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg
Allen Ginsberg
Amina Bakalia
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Tom McCamus
Paul Bowles
Daniel Iron
73 minutes, 1996

Paul Bowles, who has lived in Tangier, Morocco, for over fifty years, is the quintessential iconoclast. He left the United States for good in the 1940s after building an illustrious career as a composer, rejected the heroic identity requisite to expatriate American writers and buried himself in the culture of North Africa. A writer’s writer, his associations span the elite cultural circles of this century. At twenty, he was an intimate of Gertrude Stein and Aaron Copeland; at thirty the peer of Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote and Gore Vidal; at forty, literary godfather to Beat writers William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg. His unorthodox marriage to writer Jane Bowles - both were gay and had significant relationships with others throughout their marriage - is legendary. Together they formed the magnet which drew an extraordinary group of writers and artists to the exotic freedoms of Morocco before independence.
In this film biography the notoriously laconic and reclusive Bowles finally speaks out on the subjects he has remained silent about over the years. Lying in bed at his home in Tangier and smoking kif with an elegant black cigarette holder, he reflects on his life, his work, Jane, love and his friends with unprecedented candour. Here 87 years old, his tone is almost omniscient, as though he is surveying both life and death from some lofty interim vantage point. The film is built around this self-revealing monologue, with various voices breaking in to comment, dispute and clarify. Chief among these is William Burroughs who acts as a sort of commentator on Bowles’ version of his life.

Source: Library and Archives Canada - Canadian Feature Film Database (LAC)

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