Paul Bowles - Halbmond / Halfmoon (1995) DVD9
Three short stories by Paul Bowles, the American writer from Tangiers whose 1949 Masterpiece The Sheltering Sky was filmed by Bernardo Bertoculli in 1990, are the subject of a prizewinning film by Irene von Alberti and Frieder Schlaich from Germany.
The damp sultriness of the Amazon and the dry heat of the Sahara, a honeymoon full of empty passion, a thieving bird which vanishes with a gold ring, a boy who sees with the eyes of a snake... HALFMOON takes three of Bowles' greatest (and strangest) short works and brings them intact to the screen. In the first story, a friendship is tested by a seductively beautiful woman and the pleasures of kif. The second story joins a honeymoon in progress, as two Americans journey farther and farther up an Amazonian River, only to find the effects of the jungle filling their empty relationship. And the hauntingly mysterious third story chronicles a young boy's soul exchange with a poisonous cobra. Bowles himself introduces the stories, and provides insightful, esoteric commentary on each.

DVD9 | NTSC 4:3 | 01:26:52 | 7.57 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Deutsch
Subtitles: English, Deutsch, Francais, Espanol
Genre: Drama

Directors: Frieder Schlaich, Irene von Alberti
Cast: Mohammed Belfquin, Sondos Belhassen, Paul Bowles
Country: Germany

-- "Paul Bowles: Creating a Legend" (Rare documentary by Karim Debbagh and Coon Prager: Interviews with Paul Bowles' Moroccan friends Mohammed Choukri, Mohammed Mrabet, Abdelwahaid Boulaich, Mohammed Temsamani - 45 min, arabic with english subtitles)
-- Paul Bowles’ music (78 min)
-- Paul Bowles reads: "The Story of Lahcen and Idir" (90 min)
-- Making of HALFMOON (slideshow with commentary by the director)
-- Original Trailer
-- Reviews on the theatrical release in 1995/96
-- TV-Clip
-- Recording: "At night in M’hamid"

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