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Luna (1979)

La luna (original title)
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.

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Franco Arcalli (story), Bernardo Bertolucci (story) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Elisabetta Campeti ... Arianna
Franco Citti ... Man in Bar
Roberto Benigni ... Upholsterer
Carlo Verdone ... Director of Caracalla
Peter Eyre ... Edward
Mustapha Barat Mustapha Barat ... Mustafa (as Stéphane Barat)
Pippo Campanini Pippo Campanini ... Innkeeper
Rodolfo Lodi Rodolfo Lodi ... Maestro Giancarlo Calo
Sara Di Nepi Sara Di Nepi ... Concetta (as Shara Di Nepi)
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Recently widowed American opera diva Caterina takes her teenaged son Joe with her on a long singing tour to Italy. Absorbed in her hectic work in various Verdi operas around Rome, Caterina is soon shocked to discover that her troubled and lonely son has become a heroin addict. Her desperate attempts to wean the youth off the drug result in an incestuous relationship, but also in a possibility to reunite Joe--maybe even herself--with his real father, whose existence she has kept a secret from him. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Catherine & her son share a desire that will shock you. See more »

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Quotes

Caterina Silveri: I love you, Joe. I love you, Joe.
Joe Silveri: No, you don't. You hate me. You never loved me. You always hated me. You're crazy. You're fucking crazy. You never loved me and you'll never love me. You hate me, you hate me, you hate me. You're a fucking bitch. A bitch!
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References Last Tango in Paris (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Il Trovatore
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Tenor Franco Corelli
Soprano Gabriella Tucci
Baritone Robert Merrill
Performed by Orchestra Del Teatro Dell'Opera Di Roma (as Orchestra of Teatro dell'Opera di Roma)
Conducted by Thomas Schippers
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4 December 2016 | by assimilationsarahSee all my reviews

This movie was on the "forbidden list" when I was growing up. Of course that only made me and my siblings want to watch it more. Thank goodness I saw it late one night on cable TV by myself as I think it would have been embarrassing to watch it with my brothers (or my parents for that matter). Being only 13 at the time it was definitely "eye opening" to say the least. Jill Clayburgh became one of my first crushes. I have not seen it since I was a kid but the plot of it was secondary to my 13 year old self. Caught it with some of my friends less than a month later in a movie marathon home alone sleepover. Just as "fascinating" as "Porkys' but in a whole different way. OK. I've said too much.


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Release Date:

30 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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