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Luna (1979)
"La luna" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  30 September 1979 (USA)
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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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Elisabetta Campeti ...
Arianna
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Man in Bar
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Mustapha Barat ...
Mustafa (as Stéphane Barat)
Pippo Campanini ...
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Rodolfo Lodi ...
Maestro Giancarlo Calo
Sara Di Nepi ...
Concetta (as Shara Di Nepi)
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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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Trivia

Bernardo Bertolucci reportedly admitted that Carlo Verdone's character is an imitation of Franco Zeffirelli, who is also an appreciated opera director. See more »

Quotes

Joe Silveri: Don't leave me alone, please.
Caterina Silveri: I'm sorry, Joe.
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Il Trovatore
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Tenor Franco Corelli
Soprano Gabriella Tucci
Baritone Robert Merrill
Performed by Orchestra of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma
Conducted by Thomas Schippers
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A "perfect" sophisticated movie if your taste rises above the adolescent level.
9 June 2000 | by (Arlington, VA) – See all my reviews

One of my favorites -- a "perfect" movie by MY standards: intelligent, a good story, great direction, an attractive and effective cast, and stunning locales and photography. An elegant production -- not one lame or wasted moment. New York-based American diva Jill Clayburgh, a true celebrity, is married to (it could happen!) Fred Gwynne. Her only child, a teenage son (Matthew Barry) accompanies his parents to a plush rental home in Italy, where Clayburgh's opera career has taken her, and where his biological father lives. Though hobnobbing and partying with the rich and famous in Rome, Clayburgh nonetheless is worried about her son because of his "distance" and solitude, -- he doesn't take to his step-father -- his general teenage angst, and his pending reunion with his "real" father. Clayburgh's motherly instincts kick in and she soon learns her loving son has indeed fallen in with the "wrong crowd." Mamma mia! He is on his way to being a junkie and Clayburgh takes rather "extreme" steps to get the boy's mind off heroin and other cheap thrills. Not for the kiddies, but entertaining for grown-ups who like something different and have open minds.

The adult theme is rather tame, relatively speaking, and is handled well and not explicitly, especially compared with the moronic garbage being spewed out in American movies and TV today. Certainly not in the nearly-x-rated category of Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris," for example. What I want to know is whatever happened to the hauntingly handsome then-youngster Matthew Barry? He could have had a promising film career, based on his good looks and his performance in Luna. I saw this on Cinemax in the early, good old days (early 1980s) when it aired great movies, especially foreign films. I have tried, but been unable to, buy it, sad to say.)


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