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Black Moon (1975)

To escape a gender war, a girl flees to a remote farmhouse and becomes part of an extensive family's unusual, perhaps even supernatural, lifestyle.

Director:

Louis Malle

Writers:

Louis Malle, Joyce Buñuel (additional dialogue) (as Joyce Bunuel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cathryn Harrison ... Lily
Therese Giehse ... Old Lady (as Thérèse Giehse)
Alexandra Stewart ... Sister Lily
Joe Dallesandro ... Brother Lily
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Storyline

There is a war in the world between the men and the women. A young girl tries to escape this reality and comes to a hidden place where a strange unicorn lives with a family: Sister, Brother, many children and an old woman that never leaves her bed but stays in contact with the world through her radio. Since the content of this picture is not as important as the pictures and allegories, the simple plot can not be described further. Written by Benjamin Stello

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An apocalyptic Alice in Wonderland!


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

24 September 1975 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Cahors, Lot, France

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is dedicated to Therese Giehse, who died months before the film's release. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie Lily's blouse button continuously changes from done up to undone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man on Radio: Shall I describe to you the crime and vice that is being committed in the large cities of the world? I don't suppose...
[fades]
Man on Radio: ... I want to talk about your sin.
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Connections

Referenced in Waking Life (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Tristan und Isolde
act 2
Written by Richard Wagner
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Unavailable wonderful movie
27 March 2004 | by jmosh-1See all my reviews

It played here in Berkeley in the late 1970's at the repertory UC Theatre (now defunct of course), I saw it in Cologne in 1976, but it doesn't seem to have been picked up by any US distributor and it is not and has never been available on VHS, Laserdisc, or DVD anywhere in the world, AFAIK. And I have never seen it on cable tv (Sundance, IFC, you listening?).

A neo-surrealistic fantasy, it was promoted in newspaper ads in Germany as The Movie Where Animals Talk to People!

Weird and wonderful from beginning to end, IMHO. An old woman sitting at her kitchen table talking to a rat sitting on it. An 8 year old or so boy and girl playing in the yard and suddenly breaking into the complete love duet from Tristan & Isolde. Joe Dallesandro of Andy Warhol/Paul Morrisey movies, and lots more. I can't remember it very well at this point, it's been a quarter of a century since I saw it.

The number one film on my want list.


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