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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!


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Trivia

The movie is dedicated to Therese Giehse, who died months before the film's release. 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

Willy Boy, Willy Boy, Where Are You Going?
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Cathryn Harrison
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A total waste of time
2 January 2007 | by jollyroperSee all my reviews

Imagine, if you will, that someone had taken all the brain-damaged noodlings of softcore pornographers and decided to make a movie of them, omitting all the nudity and sex. You'd have something about as stupid as this movie. On film, it's a waste of celluloid, on DVD, it's a waste of silicon, on cable, it's a waste of bandwidth. In whatever medium it's a waste of your time. And nothing more.

This is, in short, exactly the sort of film that gives European filmmakers bad reputations, and which makes film buffs look stupid when they try to maintain that it's not a brain-dead collection of semi-arresting images. Fans of this film describe it as a metaphor, an allegory, a symbolic representation of something else. But like Burbank, there is no there there in this film. It probably has something to do with coming of age, but the "something" it has to "do" with is so blurry that it's just not worth the bother of bringing it into focus.

The film does have one redeeming feature: it makes you feel like going out and doing something useful in the world to make up for the 100 minutes you totally wasted watching it. Also, you probably didn't commit any felonies while watching it. And when not committing a felony while watching it is a film's major justification, you know it has to suck beyond belief.


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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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