Tangier in popular culture
Tangier has been the subject of many artistic works, including novels, films and music.
- Tanger A Norwegian book by the author Thure Erik Lund. Jostein Bøhn, one of the main characters has it as a final destination point in his journey.
- Le dernier ami by Tahar Ben Jelloun. The two protagonists were born in Tangier and the city is revisited many times in the book.
- Jour de silence à Tanger by Tahar Ben Jelloun.
- "Streetwise" by Mohamed Choukri
- Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs – relates some of the author's experiences in Tangier. (See also Naked Lunch (film))
- The poem "America" by Allen Ginsberg
- Desolation Angels by Jack Kerouac relates him living with William Burroughs and other Beat writers in Tangier.
- Interzone by Burroughs – It talks about a fictionalized version of Tangier called Interzone (aka International Zone)
- Let It Come Down is Paul Bowles's second novel, first published in 1952
- Two Tickets for Tangier by Francis Van Wyck Mason, an American novelist and historian
- Modesty Blaise; a fictional character in a comic strip of the same name and a series of books created by Peter O'Donnell – In 1945 a nameless girl escaped from a displaced person (DP) camp in Karylos, Greece. She took control of a criminal gang in Tangier and expanded it to international status as "The Network". After dissolving The Network and moving to England she maintained a house on a hillside above Tangier and many scenes in the books and comic strips are located here.
- Carpenter's World Travels: From Tangier to Tripoli – a Frank G. Carpenter travel guide (1927)
- The Thief's Journal by Jean Genet – Includes the protagonist's experiments in negative morality in Tangier (1949)
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- The Crossroads of the Medterranean by Henrik de Leeuw- chronicles the author's journey through Morocco and Tunisia in the early 1950s and includes many pages describing Tangier, notably the Petit Socco as a food market with mountain dwellers (the jebli) selling their produce and 'the street of male harlots', where they ply 'their shameful trade'.
- The Gold Bug Variations by Richard Powers
- The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain includes a mixed bag of comments on his visit to Tangier, ending with: "I would seriously recommend to the Government of the United States that when a man commits a crime so heinous that the law provides no adequate punishment for it, they make him Consul-General to Tangier."
- Seed by Mustafa Mutabaruka – An African-American dancer struggling with the death of his father meets an enigmatic young woman and her companion in Tangier.
- Au grand socco by Joseph Kessel – A Moroccan Tangerine boy shares his adventures in the great socco.
- A Dead Man in Tangier by Michael Pearce - Sandor Seymour, an officer of Scotland Yard's Special Branch, is sent to investigate a murdered diplomat in Tangier, during the era immediately preceding World War I.
- Tangier by William Bayer - a novel of expatriate life set in Tangier in the 1970s, featuring a Moroccan detective who watches the foreign colony and a host of writers, painters and socialites believed to have been based on real Tangier personalities.
- "The Drifters by James A Michener - a novel of which follows six young characters from diverse backgrounds and various countries as their paths meet and they travel together through parts of Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Mozambique.
- Antaeus (magazine) was first published in Tangier by Daniel Halpern and Paul Bowles before being shifted to New York
- Tangier Gazette was founded by William Augustus Bird (aka Bill Bird) in Tangier
Films and television
El tiempo entre costuras (The Time Between Seams) is a Spanish period drama television series produced by Boomerang TV for Antena 3. It is an adaptation of the same-titled novel by María Dueñas, published in English language under the titles The Time In Between and The Seamstress. It premiered on October 21, 2013 on Antena 3
- SPECTRE movie; James Bond Visits L'American - 2015
- The Man from U.N.C.L.E. episode The "J" for Judas Affair.
- Inception featuring Leonardo DiCaprio – 2010: The city was used to film the scenes set in Mombasa, Kenya
- The Living Daylights – a James Bond movie where he hunts Brad Whitaker down at his Tangier headquarters
- From Russia with Love – the fictional character in "James Bond", Red Grant was recruited by "SPECTRE" in Tangier in 1962, whilst on the run from the law
- Tangier Incident – an American agent posing as a black market operator, is in Tangier on a mission to stop the plans of three atomic scientists who are there to pool their secrets and sell them in a package to the Communists.
- Man from Tangier (a.k.a. Thunder Over Tangier) – 1957
- My Favorite Spy - A Bob Hope and Hedy Lamarr spy comedy set mainly in Tangier. - 1951
- Tangiers, 1908 was one of the unaired Young Indiana Jones Chronicles episodes
- Flight to Tangier (Charles Marquis Warren) – 1953
- Tangier an episode of the television series Passport to Danger starring Cesar Romero – 1955
- The Nautch of Tangier (aka The Witchmaker) – 1969
- Tangier (film) featuring María Montez, Robert Paige, and Sabu Dastagir – 1946
- Espionage in Tangiers. A thriller of a secret agent out to snag a dangerous molecular ray-gun – 1966
- That Man from Tangier (in Spanish Aquel Hombre de Tanger) featuring Sara Montiel
- The Bourne Ultimatum, an espionage movie featuring Matt Damon – Jason Bourne tracks a man through the city who has information on his (Bourne's) past. – 2007
- The Wind and the Lion – Based on the Perdicaris incident of 1904, this film, starring Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, and Brian Keith, takes place largely in Tangier. The film's Tangier, however, was actually created in the Spanish cities of Seville and Almeria.
- Prick Up Your Ears, Joe Orton (Gary Oldman) and Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina) visit Tangier, the scene represents the 88-day holiday that Joe Orton took after the failure of his play Loot.
- The Sheltering Sky, starring John Malkovich and Debra Winger. Bernardo Bertolucci's adaptation of the novel by Paul Bowles. Married American artists Port and Kit Moresby travel aimlessly through North Africa, searching for new experiences that could give sense to their relationship. But the flight to distant regions only leads both deeper into despair. – 1990
- Archer - the title character Sterling Archer is revealed to have been born in Tangier, where his valet and caretaker Woodhouse once owned a bar.
- Only Lovers Left Alive - Tilda Swinton's character, Eve, lives in Tangier.
- The Man in the Cage an episode of the television series Thriller. The episode stars Philip Carey. – 1961
- Tangier – American hard rock band.
- Tangiers – a Canadian rock music band.
- "If You See Her, Say Hello" by Bob Dylan – one of song's lines says, "If you see her say 'hello', she might be in Tangier."
- Sartori in Tangier by King Crimson – derives its title from Beat generation influences including the Jack Kerouac novel Satori in Paris, and the city of Tangier, where a number of Beat writers resided and which they often used as a setting for their writing.
- "Waiting in Tangier" – a track in the album Woman to Woman of Fem2fem band.
- "Tangier" by the Scottish musician Donovan on his album The Hurdy Gurdy Man.
- Live at Tangiers – a solo by Michael Stanley
- "Tangiers" – an instrumental piece by John Powell featured in The Bourne Ultimatum
- My Tangier – Dave Crockett (circa 1980s)
- Intrigue in Tangiers – a track from the album What Does Anything Mean? Basically by The Chameleons.
- Idaho by Josh Ritter – "I got your letter in Tangier".
- Guantanamo by Outlandish Or we can lounge in Tangier – Not the one in Vegas, naah the one in Maroc
- Tangiers by Billy Thorpe – a concept album about Tangier, inspired by the late Billy Thorpe's several visits there.
- Night Train by Looptroop – a song about travelling by night train and noticing diffidences caused by time, place and circumstances; Promoe's singing about his trip around Morocco "I'm on the night train from Tangier to Marrakesh"
- Hacker by Death Grips – First line of the song is "Going back to Tangier, with some Jordans and a Spear"
"Intrigue in Tangiers" English band featuring Roger Hill & Mel Jones. Since 2008 "Intrigue in Tangiers" have released 6 studio albums and a "best of".
- Window at Tangier by the French artist Henri Matisse (1912 – The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow).
- Virtual Tangier: Visions of the City by Matisse (c. 1911–1916)
- Harvest of a journey to Spain and Tangiers, The Great Mosque, and Serpent Charmers of Sokko – a painting by Emile Wauters
- Market Day Outside the Walls of Tangiers by Louis Comfort Tiffany (1873 – Smithsonian American Art Museum)
- HMS Mary Rose and pirates by Willem van de Velde (a painting ascribed to Willem van de Velde, taken from the book: William Laird Clowes (ed.): The Royal Navy. A History From the Earliest Times to the Present, Vol. 2, London 1898)
- "A Ticket to Tangiers" is an episode of The Adventures of Harry Lime