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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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Cast

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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 ...
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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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opera | heroin | verdi | opera singer | diva | See more »

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Between a mother and son. Between the delicate boundaries of love. See more »

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30 September 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Luna  »

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Trivia

The Italian censorship authorities were so outraged by this film's storyline that they forbid the director to shoot the film in Italy with a local cast if the lead characters were Italian and as such the roles played by Jill Clayburgh and Matthew Barry had to be changed to be Americans. See more »

Quotes

Caterina Silveri: I love you, Joe. I love you, Joe.
Joe Silveri: No, you don't. You hate me. You never loved me. You always hated me. You're crazy. You're fucking crazy. You never loved me and you'll never love me. You hate me, you hate me, you hate me. You're a fucking bitch. A bitch!
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Connections

References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

'La Traviata' Act III, 'Preludio'
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Orchestra and Chorus of "Teatro alla Scala"
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
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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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