By Jason Lynch
May 16, 2005 12:00 PM

On April 30 the cast and crew of Babel, the drama starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, gathered for a lavish party in Morocco. They were there to kick off production of their film, and Pitt arrived later that evening. But after he chatted quietly with the crew and had a single drink, he slipped away by 10. “Brad is very discreet,” says a Babel source, “but he wanted to make an appearance so the crew would know he was there.” Of course, there was another reason for Pitt’s brief stay: Angelina Jolie was waiting for him back at his suite.

Yes, just a week after their romantic trip (along with Jolie’s son Maddox, 3) to Kenya’s luxe Alfajiri Villas, the Couple Now Known as Brangelina had jumped coasts for another hush-hush rendezvous. After concluding humanitarian visits to Ethiopia and South Africa, Pitt flew to London on April 30. He met up with Jolie and the pair took a private jet to Morocco, where a three-vehicle convoy transported them to Pitt’s hotel, his home base during Babel’s six-week shoot. Their reunion was short-lived, as Jolie left the next morning. While two bodyguards stood watch outside, Pitt stayed in his suite preparing for Babel’s May 2 shoot, often strumming his guitar during his down time. “He was nice, but very serious,” says a hotel source. “You can tell he is here to work.” At least until the next time Mrs. Smith pays him a visit.

Jason Lynch. Susan Bell in Morocco