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Paul Bowles - The Complete Outsider
Paul Bowles - The Complete Outsider
Actors: Allen Ginsberg, Paul Bowles, Brian Woolfenden
Director: Catherine Warnow;Regina Weinreich
Genres: Documentary
NR     2007     0hr 57min

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 ...  more »


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Actors: Allen Ginsberg, Paul Bowles, Brian Woolfenden
Director: Catherine Warnow;Regina Weinreich
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Biography
Studio: First Run Features
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 07/24/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/1993
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1993
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 0hr 57min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

An Esoteric Life
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 07/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider"

An Esoteric Life

Amos Lassen and Cinema Pride

"Paul Bowles: The Complete Outsider" is one of my favorite documentary films and one that I thought I had lost forever. I once owned a copy on VHS but that, like the rest of everything I ever owned is somewhere with Hurricane Katrina. I was really excited when I received a letter from Kelly at First Run Features that it was being released on DVD and when it came today I sat down and watched it feeling I had fund a lost friend.
The documentary was filmed in Morocco and contains interviews with Allan Ginsberg and other literary giants of the 20th century. Bowles is best known as the author of "The Sheltering Sky" which has become a beloved novel which is both provocative and extremely influential.
Bowles, an American author, left this country to settle in North Africa and lived an enigmatic life. He was a mentor, so to speak to the Beat Generation and he influenced many, among them Ginsberg, Betrolucci, William Borroughs, David Cronenberg. Bowles was a novelist and a composer. Sexually he was ambiguous while being married to Jane Bowles.
The film actually has Bowles speaking himself and he talks about his writing and his music, his drug usage and his friends which included who was who in the literary and music worlds. He was a man who lived by the rules he made and answered to no one.
Bowles brought something new to writing. He wrote of places faraway and matters of the heart long before others did. He was legendary and real at the same time and it is only now that we are discovering his true worth.
"Paul Bowles: The Complete Outside" is produced and written By Catherine Hiller Warnow and Regina Weinreich and is a wonderful introduction to the man. It is a biography of a man we are not likely to see the likes of again. If you are not familiar with Paul Bowles, here is a great place to start knowing about him.
Bowles as we have always thought of him to be!.....
Daniel K. Mclaughlin | ireland | 01/22/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"..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...."
A "must-have" for readers, students, and scholars of Paul B
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 09/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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."