After the World War II, Tangier became an International Zone that attracted eccentric foreigners, artists, spies and hippies. Besides its fame as the birthplace of The Sheltering Sky and other classic literary works by writers like Paul Bowles and William Burroughs, it is renowned for the quality of its light, attracting artists from Delacroix to Matisse to Francis Bacon.
Tangier has long been romanticized by many of those artists, Beat poets, and writers who have arrived at its busy shores seeking adventure. It is indeed the gateway to Africa for many travelers.
Its seductive streets and mysterious nights are also a main aspect of Jarmusch’s new film Only lovers left alive, highly atmposheric and beautiful work of art. Tangier was a perfect choice for characters like Adam and Eve – artists, lovers.
To use William S. Burroughs: “Tangier is one of the few places left in the world where, so long as you don’t proceed to robbery, violence, or some form of crude, antisocial behavior, you can do exactly what you want.”
Here are some photos.
And here’s Yasmine Hamdan singing. It’s an Only lovers left alive scene. She captured the spirit of Tangier in this one performance. Utter beauty.
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