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Release Date:
30 September 1979 (USA) See more »
Catherine & her son share a desire that will shock you. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win See more »
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A beautiful complex film See more (40 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jill Clayburgh ... Caterina Silveri

Matthew Barry ... Joe Silveri
Veronica Lazar ... Marina

Renato Salvatori ... Communist

Fred Gwynne ... Douglas Winter

Alida Valli ... Giuseppe's Mother
Elisabetta Campeti ... Arianna

Franco Citti ... Man in Bar

Roberto Benigni ... Upholsterer

Carlo Verdone ... 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)
Jole Silvani ... Wardrobe Mistress (as Iole Silvani)
Francesco Mei ... Barman
Ronaldo Bonacchi ... Barmen
Mimmo Poli ... Piano Mover
Massimiliano Filoni ... Piano Mover
Alessio ... Caracalla Conductor

Tomas Milian ... Giuseppe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julian Adamoli ... Julian (uncredited)
Laura Betti ... Ludovica (uncredited)
Iole Cecchini ... Opera Hairdresser (uncredited)
Liana Del Balzo ... Maestro's Sister (uncredited)
Franco Magrini ... Doctor (uncredited)
Nicola Nicoloso ... Tenor in 'Il travatore' (uncredited)
Fabrizio Polverini ... Driver (uncredited)
Enzo Siciliano ... Orchestra Conductor in Rome (uncredited)
Mario Tocci ... Conte di Luna in 'Il Travatore' (uncredited)

Directed by
Bernardo Bertolucci 
Writing credits
Franco Arcalli (story) &
Bernardo Bertolucci (story) &
Giuseppe Bertolucci (story)

Giuseppe Bertolucci (writer) &
Clare Peploe (writer) &
Bernardo Bertolucci (writer)

Produced by
Giovanni Bertolucci .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
Vittorio Storaro 
Film Editing by
Gabriella Cristiani 
Art Direction by
Maria Paola Maino 
Gianni Silvestri 
Costume Design by
Lina Nerli Taviani  (as Lina Taviani)
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Banchelli .... makeup artist
Iole Cecchini .... hair stylist
Production Management
Mario Di Biase .... production manager
Augusto Marabelli .... unit manager
Alessandro Mattei .... unit manager
Pietro Sassaroli .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gabriele Polverosi .... assistant director
Jirges Ristum .... assistant director
Giuseppe Bertolucci .... assistant director (uncredited?)
Art Department
Beatrice Caracciolo .... assistant art director
Tiziana Cassoni .... assistant art director
Ferdinando Giovannoni .... set designer
Luigi Marchione .... assistant art director (as Luigi Silvio Marchione)
Sound Department
Fausto Ancillai .... dubbing mixer
Michael Billingsley .... sound editor
Mario Dallimonti .... sound recordist
Alessandro Peticca .... assistant sound editor (as Sandro Peticca)
Corrado Volpicelli .... boom operator
Enzo Diliberto .... foley artist (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Piero Bargellini .... special effects consultant
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrico Umetelli .... camera operator
Mustapha Barat .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Brian Hamill .... still photographer (uncredited)
Alberico Novelli .... electrician (uncredited)
Other crew
Walter Alford .... unit publicist: USA
Lilletta Bertolucci .... unit publicist: Italy
Solly V. Bianco .... production administrator
Suzanne Durrenberger .... continuity (as Suzanne Durremberger)
Idalah Luria .... dialogue coach
George Malko .... english dialogues (uncredited)
Franco Arcalli .... film dedicated to
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La luna" - Italy (original title)
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142 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:R18+ | Finland:K-16 | France:-16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Norway:18 (2006) | Portugal:M/18 | USA:R (DVD Rating) | USA:R (certificate #25732)

Did You Know?

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 »
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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Movie Connections:
'La Traviata' Act III, 'Preludio'See more »

29 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful complex film, 4 July 2000
Author: clive-28 from Cambridge, England

I found this a stunning and emotionally complex film. If you enjoy films mainly concerning characterisation in which the emotional complexities of human beings are not served up in easily chewable chunks, then you will probably enjoy this film. Even given the above, you might still be disconcerted by the rapid plot changes and narrative swings. Two points are valid here: Bertolucci directed this during the time when he was heavily into psychoanalysis ; and secondly, someone quite lucidly stated that Bertolucci's Spider's Stratagem was a movie with a linear narrative shown in a non-linear manner while La Luna was a movie with a non-linear narrative shown in a linear manner. Viewed in this manner, one can enjoy the film with its many beautifully crafted scenes.

I love how the film presents the craziness of life with its contradictions, multiple meanings and emotional messiness. The irrational and problematic behavior of the characters may make the film harder to follow but seems to me a truer view of life than the explicit logical road map given to audiences in most films.

The film does date itself clearly in the 1970s, so you have to accept some scary clothing moments such as Jill Clayburgh walking out of a building into a bright Rome day wearing sunglasses so big only a comedian would wear them these days. But on the whole this does not distract from the overall effect.

Finally, opera lovers will enjoy the set piece opera scenes which are very ingeniously shot and beautifully staged.

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