Films & Books of Morocco

Discover Cassandra's favourite Moroccan films and books...


Starring Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn, this classic film is set in post WWII Morocco in 1942 where smoke elegantly spirals, and Europeans use Casablanca as a transit point to escape the Nazis - an atmospheric step back in time with Rick uttering the iconic line ''here's looking at you kid''.

Le Maroc Vu Du Ciel

Yann Arthus Bertrand travelled throughout Morocco to create his bird's eye view film and book of his aerial journey. For an afternoon, disappear to Morocco and prepare to be amazed at the extraordinary countryside of this long thin land.

La Prisonniere by Malika Oufkir

The story of Malika Oufkir who spent 15 years in a desert jail with her family. Malika, a Moroccan Berber writer and the daughter of General Oufkir (chief of the armed forces and trusted advisor to King Hassan II), tells her inspiring story of survival in the Sahara.

Let It Come Down by Paul Bowles

Paul Bowles arrived in Tangier in 1947 and lived there for almost 50 years. His novels are among the greatest of post war Morocco and this is his second novel. His first 'The Sheltering Sky' was later made into a beautiful film by Bernardo Bertolucci.

A Morocco Anthology, edited by Martin Rose

This gentle book evokes travel in Morocco in the 19th century. 'Razing of the Badia Palace' written by Walter Harris in 1889, and Robert Cunninghame-Graham's story of a visit to the Koutoubia Mosque tell of a Marrakesh of long ago: ''I sat a moment listening on my horse, enough to learn the story was after The Arabian Nights''.

Inside Tangier by Nicoló Castellini Baldissera and Guido Taroni

Yves Saint Laurent not only had his house in Marrakech, but also one in Tangier: The Villa Mabrouka. The 'Tangerine' lifestyle of stylish bohemia with a lavish sprinkling of extravagance attracted eccentric inhabitants and their interior decorators to the city and the book takes you inside many of them. A visual feast - and you can almost smell the roses and jasmine of the gardens.

Art of the Jews of Morocco by Andre Goldenberg

A beautiful book illustrating techniques of silver jewellery made by Jews in Morocco. Jews made most of the Berber jewellery from the 16th century till they left in the 20th century, as Muslims could not have occupations that involved fire for religious reasons. The generous loops like saddle straps, hammered flat at the ends and rivetted together were typical of many of the pieces.

Jacques Majorelle: by Felix Marcilhac

The French painter Jacques Majorelle created the mesmerizing Majorelle gardens - the son of a cabinet maker, he travelled to Morocco because of delicate health, settling there with his French wife and children. His paintings tell of his journeys up into the villages of the Atlas Mountains, often using silver mixed in with his paint to give that silvery-hot whiteness to houses in the Moroccan sun. He died in 1962 and the property, with exotic cactus botanical garden, was sold to Yves Saint Laurent in 1980.

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