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Eli Wallach ... Father (voice)

John Turturro ... Son (voice)
Mary Bringle ... Mom (voice)
Peter Schlosser ... Lawyer (voice)
Larry White ... Judge / Defense Attorney (voice)

Directed by
John Canemaker 
Writing credits
John Canemaker (script) &
Joseph Kennedy (script) &
Peggy Stern (script)

Produced by
John Canemaker .... producer
Peggy Stern .... producer
Original Music by
Ron Sadoff  (as Ronald Sadoff)
Film Editing by
David Mehlman 
Production Design by
John Canemaker 
Art Department
Zoya Baker .... artist
Carmine Castronuova .... artist
Andrew Coats .... artist
Laura Margulies .... artist
Victoria Nece .... artist
Anh Nguyen .... artist
Michael Scharf .... artist
Lawrence Seward .... artist
Jael Topek .... artist
Vanessa Wood .... artist
Sound Department
Dominic Bartolini .... voice recordist: City Sound Productions
Dan Blank .... dialogue track reader
Daniel Hoffman .... voice recordist: The Audio Department (as Dan Hoffman)
Victor Levites .... voice recordist: NYU TSOA Kanbar Institute of Film and Television
Alex Noyes .... voice recordist: Mercer Media
Jared Seidman .... sound mixer: Photomag Sound and Image
Jared Seidman .... voice recordist: Photomag Sound and Image
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Becker .... animation camera: F-Stop Studios Inc.
Animation Department
John Canemaker .... animator
Brandon J. Herman .... animatic video: The Digital Movie Company
James Nidel .... title animator
Editorial Department
Steve Beganyi .... on-line editor: Photomag Sound and Image
Music Department
Erik Desiderio .... score producer
Thomas Doczi .... music mixer
Thomas Doczi .... music recordist
Jihwan Kim .... music editor
Jihwan Kim .... pianist
Sonny Kompanek .... conductor
Other crew
Zoya Baker .... production assistant
Lisa Hartjens .... archive footage: Imagefinders (as Elizabeth M. Hartjens)
James Nidel .... digital services
Sang-Jin Bae .... thanks
Ronnie Blake .... thanks
Dan Bornstein .... thanks
G. Preston Brown .... thanks
John Cannizzaro .... dedicatee
Kathleen Cannizzaro .... thanks
Rose Laux Cannizzaro .... dedicatee
Tony Cannizzaro .... thanks
Chris Choy .... thanks
Patricia Crown .... thanks
James D'Angelo .... thanks
Dennis Doros .... thanks
Fran Favorito .... thanks
Jacqueline Glover .... thanks: HBO
Jeremiah Hawkins .... thanks
Amy Heller .... thanks
Billy Hopkins .... thanks
Peter Hossli .... thanks
Emily Hubley .... thanks
Faith Hubley .... thanks
Chang-Suk Hyun .... thanks
Ollie Johnston .... thanks
Bob Kirshner .... thanks
Laurent Lambert .... thanks
Peter Miller .... thanks
Sheila Nevins .... thanks: HBO
Nicol Oper .... thanks
Heidi Reinberg .... thanks
Larry Ruppel .... thanks
Alan Ruskin .... thanks
Justin Schein .... thanks
Bill Seery .... thanks
Michael Sporn .... thanks
Tom Stern .... thanks
David Thaxton .... thanks
Frank Thomas .... thanks
Marcy Thompson .... thanks
Vincenzo Tripodo .... thanks
Peter Weishar .... thanks
William Williams .... thanks
Eden Wurmfeld .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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"The Moon and the Son" - USA (short title)
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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
An Artist Uses All The Considerable Talent at His Command to Revenge on and Reconcile With His Father, 2 March 2006
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation" is like a visit to Oprah's couch for dysfunctional families crossed with "The Sopranos" and PBS's "American Experience" but through magical animation.

Director/co-writer John Canemaker tells a presumably autobiographical story that makes Noah Brumbach look like he was too easy on his father in "The Squid and the Whale." It brings genealogy to life in a uniquely beautiful way.

Canemaker uses a dazzling array of animation styles and techniques, from black and white photographs to colorful childish drawings and much, much more, to tell the raw story of his bullying Italian immigrant father and his fraught relationship with him. He is like a wizard calling forth all the considerable creative talents at his command to not just recreate the vanished world of his and father's pasts but to try to effect an impossible reconciliation. It's like he is clenching and unclenching his fists throughout the film. While Faulkner-like the past is never past, he goes to extraordinary visual lengths to try and understand how he and his father became the men they are and were.

I can't think of any animated short I've seen before where I was so more emotionally involved in the story than in the images. As narrators, John Turturro as The Son and Eli Wallach as The Father (with the non-Anglicized version of the director's last name) eerily capture a tale that swings from light-hearted to horrific, sweet to scary, angry to sympathetic. It is a very unusual perspective on The American Dream across all of the 20th century as it swings back and forth from bitter and cynical to loving and almost forgiving.

The film incidentally illustrates an aspect of Italian immigration that has been documented by historians, such as Mark Wyman's "Round Trip to America: The Immigrants Return to Europe, 1880-1930" and Betty Boyd Caroli's "Italian Repatriation from the United States, 1900-1914" but not generally in popular culture.

This film was viewed as part of a commercial screening of Oscar nominated shorts.

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