Paul Bowles: Halfmoon

  • Paul Bowles: Halfmoon
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title : Halfmoon | Paul Bowles: Halbmond | Paul Bowles: Half Moon
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1995
Format : Feature
Running time : 91 (in minutes)

An acclaimed filmic anthology of three of author Paul Bowles' exotic, mysterious short stories. In "Merkala Beach" two Moroccan bachelors are seduced by a femme fatale; in "Call at Corazon" honeymooners find meaning in their new marriage on a voyage along the Amazon; in "Allal" an Indian orphan boy has a transcendent relationship with a cobra.

This German production is in English and Arabic with subtitles.

Editorial reviews
"...Filmed with a remarkably acute sensitivity to landscape and atmosphere..."
New York Times - Stephen Holden (01/17/1996)

"...Moody, gorgeous-looking....Graceful, insightful vignettes set in beguiling exotic locales that add up to an exquisitely wrought, sophisticated diversion..."
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas (05/30/1996)

"...Ultimately, these stories are more of a trip than marijuana or beer, with no bothersome aftereffects..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Lloyd Sachs (09/13/1996)

Paul Bowles___ Erzaehler
Mohammad Belfquih ___ Actor
Sondess Belhassen___ Actor
Sam Cox___ Mann
Samir Guesmi___ Actor
Khaled Ksouri___ Idir
Veronica Quilligan___ Frau
Said Zakir___ Actor

Irene von Alberti: Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Frieder Schlaich: Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Roman Bunka: Score Composer
Magdolna Rokop: Editor
Margarete Rose: Editor
Volker Titte:l Cinematographer
Harald Turzer: Art Director
Volker Zeigermann: Musical Direction/Supervision, Sound/Sound Designer

DVD Release Date: 07/25/2006
Original Release: 1995

Format: DVD, Widescreen, Subtitles, Closed Captioned
Languages: English, Arabic
Subtitles: French, German, Spanish
Actor: Samir Guesmi
Manufacturer/Studio: Facets
2 Disc Set - Wide Screen / Bonus CD / Subtitled
DVD, Features
Exclusive documentary "Paul Bowles: Creating a Legend" (45 Mins.); Production documentary; Audio extras: Paul Bowles' music (70 Mins.)/Paul Bowles reads: "The Story of Lachen and Idir" (30 Mins.); Theatrical trailer


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