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Black Moon (1975)

To escape a gender war, a girl flees to a remote farmhouse and becomes part of an extensive family's unusual, perhaps even supernatural, lifestyle.

Director:

Louis Malle

Writers:

Louis Malle, Joyce Buñuel (additional dialogue) (as Joyce Bunuel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cathryn Harrison ... Lily
Therese Giehse ... Old Lady (as Thérèse Giehse)
Alexandra Stewart ... Sister Lily
Joe Dallesandro ... Brother Lily
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Storyline

There is a war in the world between the men and the women. A young girl tries to escape this reality and comes to a hidden place where a strange unicorn lives with a family: Sister, Brother, many children and an old woman that never leaves her bed but stays in contact with the world through her radio. Since the content of this picture is not as important as the pictures and allegories, the simple plot can not be described further. Written by Benjamin Stello

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An apocalyptic Alice in Wonderland!


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 September 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Cahors, Lot, France

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Lily's car is a Honda 600 Coupe. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie Lily's blouse button continuously changes from done up to undone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man on Radio: Shall I describe to you the crime and vice that is being committed in the large cities of the world? I don't suppose...
[fades]
Man on Radio: ... I want to talk about your sin.
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Connections

Referenced in Waking Life (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Tristan und Isolde
act 2
Written by Richard Wagner
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A nightmare of the '70s
8 December 2007 | by Boris_GSee all my reviews

In the mid-70s when this film was made there was - in the real world - a 'battle of the sexes' with militant feminism in full swing (if not an actual 'war', there was a lot of bruised feelings and anger in the air - witness works of fiction like 'Who needs men?' and 'The Woman's Room'); the student riots of the late 1960s were a fresh memory, as were images of Vietnam (and for British viewers, the latest IRA atrocities). Black Moon may not 'make sense', but it's more understandable as a dream, from beginning to end (forget the idea that any of it is meant to be set 'in the near future'), by a pubescent girl, subconsciously worried by the apparent war between the sexes and disturbed by her budding sexuality (note the juxtaposition of the idealised vision of heterosexual love, presented by music from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde first heard on the car radio, quickly followed by the shocking images of war).

As mentioned elsewhere, this is beautifully filmed, and IMHO captures beautifully the quality of dreams where one event follows another in a 'stream of consciousness' manner (yet with certain obsessive themes), and the dreamer does everything as if it were the most rational thing to do (as one does in a dream). On first viewing I suspected this film to be a rather self-indulgent exercise, but there's a strangely compelling quality about both the narrative and the beauty of the actual cinematography. Highly recommended.


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