On a rainy night, a dead body is fished out of a lake and brought to a local morgue. The details of who she is or what happened to her are unknown. What drove the girl to such a grisly fate?

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Lindsay Reynolds ...
Eric Calderon ...
Matthias
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The Pale Man (as Christopher R. Gray)
Sabina Leigh ...
Madame Leander
Jonathon Pereyra ...
Ken
Miles Wartes ...
The Emcee
Gabriella Robnett ...
Brigitte
Victoria Grace ...
Luise
Natalie Turner ...
Kristina
Justin Vaughan ...
Chiles
Amy Shaffner ...
Henny the Maid
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1st Morgue Attendant
Mike Walsh ...
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Hope Anderson ...
Renate, the Showgirl
Marla D'Arce ...
Olga, the Showgirl
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In a sinister cabaret called "Madame Leander's," Sybille, the beautiful star attraction, sings her trademark chanson of "a romance that's false." However, she does not adhere the warnings of her own song and falls for a handsome young patron who frequents the club. She agrees to a horrific sacrifice with club's macabre owner in order to pursue the man she loves, but in the end the creditor must always be repaid... One way or another. Written by Thanatos_Films

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Drama | Horror | Musical

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17 January 2015 (USA)  »

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The Silver Moonlight  »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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All of the female character names are taken from various UFA stars; Sybille Schmitz, Zarah Leander, Brigitte Horney, Luise Ullrich, Kristina Söderbaum, and Henny Porten. See more »

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Version of La petite sirène (1980) See more »

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The Silver Moonlight
Performed by Lindsay Reynolds
Music by Eduardo Almendras
Lyrics by Evgueni Mlodik
Produced by Eduardo Almendras and Evgueni Mlodik
Recorded at Wither Without Studio
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A Sinister Twist on Love vs. Career
24 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

'Silver Moonlight' concerns a singer who must choose between a career and love, reminiscent of the dancer's dilemma in 'The Red Shoes' but this time with a supernatural aura. The story begins a morgue where the coroners examine an unknown woman pulled from a lake. They notice something wrong with her mouth but we're not shown why and what lead to her death. This will all be revealed starting with the next time we see her singing in a flashback at a cabaret which will remind you of that movie, including a grinning MC/choreographer who's more obnoxious here as he berates his clumsy dancers. The female characters' first names are from German film stars during the Third Reich - Sybille (Schmitz), Renate (Muller), Madame (Zarah) Leander, Kristina (Soderbaum), Brigette (Helm) etc. Sybelle's boss, Madame Leander is angry that she attempted to leave the cabaret to follow a rich man named Matthias. To break her contract, she must accept Madame Leander's strange wager to prove that he really loves her instead of his jealous fiancé. Later she is told that her debt can only be repaid with an added requirement I won't reveal here. Meanwhile Sybille is shadowed by a sinister- looking man in black unseen by others except for her and Madam Leander. The scene with him leading Sybille in an eerie dance reminded me of a similar one from 'Fahrmann Maria' a Nazi-era German film, but there the black-clothed man, i.e. also Death, can be seen by everyone.

The photography, indoor sets, outdoor locations, and editing work well together in creating the needed mood of this mystery. The music is good including the theme song except for the first ballroom scene where the faster music is mismatched with the slower waltzing couples but this could be intentional to give a feeling of dislocation as Sybille doesn't fit into Matthias's social milieu. Lindsay Reynolds does a fine job as Sybille but Eric Calderone performance as Matthias is rather weak and Sabina Leigh as Madame Leander overacts. Unfortunately a lot of the cast's acting reminded me of a high school play. Overall production values make this a very good looking and sounding film but with better actors in most of the parts, 'Silver Moonlight' would have been a better film, not that it's a bad one. Judge for yourself.


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