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Learn more about Night Waltz-Music of Paul Bowles:

Format: DVD
Sku: 40226770
UPC: 795975103831
UPC 14: 00795975103831
Category Keywords: Authors  Biographical  Composers  Documentary  Music  Poets  Writers
Rating: NR
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Editor's Note
Before moving to Morocco and finding fame as an author, Paul Bowles had a successful career as an avant-garde composer. NIGHT WALTZ: THE MUSIC OF PAUL BOWLES, a documentary by first-time filmmaker Owsley Brown, attempts to uncover this lesser-known side of the enigmatic Bowles. Filmed in the years just before his death in 1999, NIGHT WALTZ features interviews with Bowles at his home in Tangier. While physically frail, he discusses at length his experiences as a young composer and his feelings toward his music, which--in contrast to the often lavish brutality of his writing--is full of charm, as the film reflects in every way. Interspersed throughout are a series of visual essays set to Bowles' music, made from footage of noted avant-garde filmmakers Rudy Burckhardt and Nathaniel Dorsky, among others. Using images of New York, Mexico, and Morocco, as well as pure abstraction, they brilliantly complement the music, much of which was written not as concert music, but as incidental music for dance, theater, and film. As Bowles himself notes, his music might have been forgotten had he not become a famous author; NIGHT WALTZ succeeds not only in remembering, but in bringing the music vividly to life.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Color, Black & White

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/2/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 77 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1038
Video UPC UPC: 00795975103831
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W and Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Paul Bowles - Composer
Video Cast Info Robin Burke - Producer
Video Cast Info Gene Salvatori - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Nathaniel Dorsky - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info David Golia - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Nathaniel Dorsky - Editor
Video Cast Info Paul Bowles - Subject
Video Cast Info Owsley Brown III - Director

Memorable Quotes

"Why would anyone want to listen to music that is not pleasant?"----Paul Bowles in NIGHT WALTZ

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...Likable, informative and light-fingered....[NIGHT WALTZ is] unabashed in its attraction to the charm of its subject." 01/05/2001 p.E5

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Brown,Owsley
Product attributeLabel:   Zeitgeist Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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