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Luna (1979)

La luna (original title)
While touring in Italy, a recently-widowed American opera singer has an incestuous relationship with her 15-year-old son to help him overcome his heroin addiction.

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Caterina Silveri
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Joe Silveri
Veronica Lazar ...
Marina
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Communist
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Douglas Winter
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Giuseppe's Mother
Elisabetta Campeti ...
Arianna
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Man in Bar
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Director of Caracalla
Peter Eyre ...
Edward
Mustapha Barat ...
Mustafa (as Stéphane Barat)
Pippo Campanini ...
Innkeeper
Rodolfo Lodi ...
Maestro Giancarlo Calo
Sara Di Nepi ...
Concetta (as Shara Di Nepi)
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Storyline

Recently widowed American opera diva Caterina takes her teenaged son Joe with her on a long singing tour to Italy. Absorbed in her hectic work in various Verdi operas around Rome, Caterina is soon shocked to discover that her troubled and lonely son has become a heroin addict. Her desperate attempts to wean the youth off the drug result in an incestuous relationship, but also in a possibility to reunite Joe--maybe even herself--with his real father, whose existence she has kept a secret from him. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Catherine & her son share a desire that will shock you. See more »

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30 September 1979 (USA)  »

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Luna  »

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Trivia

Actress Liv Ullmann was director Bernardo Bertolucci's first choice to play opera singer Caterina Silveri. See more »

Quotes

Joe Silveri: Your face is a mess. I'll clean it up.
[starts licking her face]
Caterina Silveri: It's good.
Joe Silveri: Hold still.
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Connections

References Last Tango in Paris (1972) See more »

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Night Fever
Composed by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
Courtesy of RSO Records Inc.
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excellent film
1 March 2004 | by (fishing creek, nj) – See all my reviews

I found La Luna to be a wonderful, haunting film. Bertolucci has an artists eye for locale but it is the charged drama between mother and son and the strong, committed performances of the two lead players that give the movie its power.Barry's performance was transcendent and, had I seen the film in 1979, I would have been sure he was on the cusp of a brilliant career. Was La Luna an albatross or did he become too self-conscious as he grew up? I gather the film bombed. The New York Times list of 1000 best films does not include it-an inexplicable oversight. Perhaps its graphic portrayal of a taboo subject made it a hot potato. Or perhaps it was that some of the scenes are a high-wire act: the scene where Joe licks the dirt off his mothers face is at once touching and erotic but in a different frame of mind one could find it ludicrous and might well have been greeted with hoots at a theater showing. No matter. I'm glad I found it.


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