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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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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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Theatrical feature film acting debut of Matthew Barry who had previously worked in television and off-Broadway. Barry has gone onto work as both a casting director and an actor. For this movie, Barry answered an advertisement in the show business trade journal "Variety" which had been placed by director Bernardo Bertolucci's casting agent for the role of the son in this film. Barry was selected as one of ten finalists from several dozen youthful aspirants to be interviewed by Bertolucci. After Barry's first reading of a scene, the competition was narrowed down to three contestants. Barry went screen tested in the semi-finals with actress Jill Clayburgh, and, after a second test, won the role. 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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Features Niagara (1953) 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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Ultimate Beauty in it's Purest Form.
19 August 2002 | by (Blenheim, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Well well well, what do we have here? Another one of Bertolucci's earlier films? Yes and No. This is one of Bernardo Bertolucci's earlier films (1979), but it is unlike anything that he had done before or ever did again.

La Luna is something that is a gem of film-making history, even though it is virtually impossible to get on video (and it will most probably never be shown on Television again).

It tells the sad, depressing (yet beautiful) tale of a young boy's growth into adolescence , while experimenting with drugs and eventually (as they always do) ends up becoming addicted to Heroin.

His Mother(played ever so beautifully by Jill Clayburge), in an effort to try and 'wean him' off the drugs develops an incestuous relationship with her son.

Shocking as the description above may sound at first, please do not let it put you off seeing this fantastic film, as it is only a small slice of the cinematically glorious outing that this film is!

The photography portrayed in this film is the best that bertolucci has ever achieved (Yes, even the fantastic The Last Emperor and Little Buddah). When I say a film is utterly breath-taking (I am a hard person to please when it comes to films, just read my other reviews here!), then you know you're in for a treat and a half.

But, what is the point of this review unless people have a chance to witness the sheer beauty for themselves?

I saw this film when I was 15 years of age. I am now 26 and have never forgotten a single FRAME of La Luna. Every word, every scene sticks in my mind like a vivid memory, and I in some ways feel that I was in the film somehow and was able to feel all the anger, all the pain and all the love that surrounded it.

For a film to make this much of an impression on someone and for that impression to still be fresh in the person's mind eleven years later, you also know this film has to be a good thing.

You people, I am very sad to say, will probably never have the chance to see this film (as it has not been released on Video - I have tried nearly every day for eleven years to find a copy!!!).

But let what I have said stick in your mind, just as La Luna hopefully will some day...


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