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The Moon in the Gutter (1983) More at IMDbPro »La lune dans le caniveau (original title)

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The Moon in the Gutter -- Gérard (Gérard Depardieu) is an emotional wreck following the rape and suicide of his sister and is obsessed with finding the man who attacked her. After lurking around the streets, he meets Loretta (Nastassja Kinski) and begins a relationship, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Bella. Gérard must decide if he wants to be with Loretta or Bella, just as he discovers evidence that may reveal who raped his sister.


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Release Date:
18 May 1983 (France) See more »
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La Lune Dans Le Caniveau : A masterpiece of French cinema which has been unjustly ignored by French critics. See more (16 total) »


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Gérard Depardieu ... Gérard Delmas - un docker hanté par le suicide de sa soeur

Nastassja Kinski ... Loretta Channing - une fille des beaux quartiers

Victoria Abril ... Bella - la maîtresse possessive de Gérard
Bertice Reading ... Lola
Gabriel Monnet ... Tom

Dominique Pinon ... Frank - le frère alcoolique de Gérard

Milena Vukotic ... Frieda - une prostituée vieillissante
Vittorio Mezzogiorno ... Newton Channing - le frère à la dérive de Loretta

Bernard Farcy ... Jésus
Anne-Marie Coffinet ... Dora
Jacques Herlin
Guido Alberti ... Le gardien de la cathédrale
Katya Berger ... Catherine (as Katia Berger)
Rosa Fumetto
Graziano Giusti
Fred Ulysse
Victor Cavallo
Jean-Roger Milo
Jean-Pierre Laurent
Claudia Pola
Clarisse Deudon
Julien Arrighi
Jade Biarese
Jean-Louis Airola (as Jean-Pierre Airola)
Yves-Marie Maurin ... Le narrateur (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Caterina Dalin ... Prostitute (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Jacques Beineix 
Writing credits
Jean-Jacques Beineix (scenario) &
Olivier Mergault (scenario)

David Goodis (novel)

Produced by
Lise Fayolle .... producer
Hubert Niogret .... line producer
Emmanuel Schlumberger .... delegate producer
Renzo Rossellini .... co-producer: Opera Film Produzione (uncredited)
Original Music by
Gabriel Yared 
Cinematography by
Philippe Rousselot 
Film Editing by
Yves Deschamps 
Monique Prim 
Casting by
Dominique Besnehard 
Production Design by
Hilton McConnico  (as Hilton Mc Connico)
Costume Design by
Claire Fraisse 
Makeup Department
Mirella Ginnoto .... key hair stylist (as Mirela Ginnoto)
Otello Sisi .... key makeup artist
Gino Tamagnini .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Luciano Balducci .... production manager
Jean-Claude Cartier .... assistant unit manager
Catherine Mazières .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Jacques Albert .... second assistant director
Inigo Lezzi .... first assistant director
Gérard Pujolar .... first assistant director
Art Department
Alessandro Alberti .... assistant decorator (as Sandro Alberti)
Elio Altamura .... painter
Alessandro Dell'Orco .... set dresser (as Sandro Dell'Orco)
Michel Lagrange .... assistant decorator
Angelo Santucci .... set dresser
Luciano Targuini .... painter
Bernard Vézat .... set dresser
Sound Department
Bernard Chaumeil .... boom operator
Chris David .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Jean Duguet .... sound effects editor
Pierre Gamet .... sound
Nara Kollery .... sound mixer
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... foley artist
Jean-Marc Lentretien .... sound mix technician
Jean-Paul Loublier .... sound mixer
Jacques Lévy .... post-synchronisation (as Jacques Levy)
Mariette Lévy-Novion .... sound editor
Mario Melchiorri .... assistant foley artist (as Mario Melchiori)
Claude Plouganou .... post-synchronisation
Pierre Vuillemin .... sound mixer (as Pierre Villemin)
John Marshall .... associate dubbing editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Frederic Moreau .... optical effects
Daniel Breton .... stunt coordinator
Claude Carliez .... stunt coordinator
Claude Legris .... stunt driver
Camera and Electrical Department
Alberto Anzellotti .... gaffer
Dominique Brenguier .... camera operator
Arnaud Duboisberanger .... assistant camera (as Arnaud Du Boisberanger)
Etienne George .... still photographer
Stefano Marino .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marc Bohan .... costume designer: Nastassia Kinski
Laurence Guindollet .... wardrobe assistant
Eric Guérin .... costumer
Bertilla Silvestrini .... costumer
Editorial Department
Catherine-Alice Deiller .... assistant editor
Ernesto Triunveri .... assistant editor (as Ernesto Triumveri)
Annie Yonnet .... assistant editor
Music Department
Olivier Bloch-Lainé .... music recordist
Claude Ermelin .... music recordist
William Flageollet .... music mixer
Lionel Gali .... musician: violin solo
Michel Ganot .... conductor: Quintette à coredes
Bruno Lambert .... music recordist
Georges Rodi .... music recordist
Hubert Varron .... musician: cello
Gabriel Yared .... music recordist
Gabriel Yared .... orchestrator
Other crew
Nestore Baratella .... production administrator
Elizabetta Gizzi .... production administrator
Colette Lecourt .... dialogue coach
Monique Pautas .... production administrator
Luciano Tartaglia .... production administrator
Patrizia Zulini .... script supervisor (as Patricia Zulini)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La lune dans le caniveau" - France (original title)
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France:137 min | USA:126 min (cut version) | West Germany:126 min | Argentina:137 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Bertice Reading ("Lola") spoke no French and had to learn her dialog phonetically.See more »
Tom:A husband, you have to earn it!See more »
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La Lune Dans Le Caniveau : A masterpiece of French cinema which has been unjustly ignored by French critics., 6 October 2014
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from Paris, France

One plausible reason why French critics failed to appreciate the beauty of this film might have something to do with it being a "mood" based film. It must be stated with caution that films with a certain 'mood' take their own time to settle in the minds of viewers. This is one reason why some critics must have failed to interpret "Moon in the gutter" in the right spirit. Jean Jacques Beineix and his screen writing collaborator Olivier Mergault must be congratulated for their realistic depiction of the milieu from which this film's seedy characters come. They give an air of authenticity to an area where one can easily find all types of low lives who do not hesitate a bit to waste their time over petty fights. It is rather a sad feeling to read a lot of negative comments about French director Jean Jacques Beineix's film "Moon in the gutter". The reason for not liking this film could be many as there is no universal agreement about audiences and their tastes. However, it must be remembered that all filmmakers have the right to portray their visions on the big screen in the manner which suits them the best. From this yardstick, nobody has the right to censure Monsieur Beineix for his film which has also been hailed by many critics outside France as a masterpiece.

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