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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

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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Storyline

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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Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

30 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Luna See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Italian producers were so outraged by this film's story line that they forbid the director to shoot the film with a local cast and as such the roles played by Jill Clayburgh and Matthew Barry had to be changed to be Americans. See more »

Quotes

Marina: Why don't we go away someplace, for a week? To Morocco. Let's go alone. Just the two of us. What do you think? You need a lover.
Caterina Silveri: C**t!
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References Saturday Night Fever (1977) See more »

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Tutte le feste al tempio' from 'Rigoletto'
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Soprano Maria Callas
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala (as Orchestra and Chorus of "Teatro alla Scala")
Conducted by Tullio Serafin
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A "perfect" sophisticated movie if your taste rises above the adolescent level.
9 June 2000 | by negevoli-44See all my reviews

One of my favorites -- a "perfect" movie by MY standards: intelligent, a good story, great direction, an attractive and effective cast, and stunning locales and photography. An elegant production -- not one lame or wasted moment. New York-based American diva Jill Clayburgh, a true celebrity, is married to (it could happen!) Fred Gwynne. Her only child, a teenage son (Matthew Barry) accompanies his parents to a plush rental home in Italy, where Clayburgh's opera career has taken her, and where his biological father lives. Though hobnobbing and partying with the rich and famous in Rome, Clayburgh nonetheless is worried about her son because of his "distance" and solitude, -- he doesn't take to his step-father -- his general teenage angst, and his pending reunion with his "real" father. Clayburgh's motherly instincts kick in and she soon learns her loving son has indeed fallen in with the "wrong crowd." Mamma mia! He is on his way to being a junkie and Clayburgh takes rather "extreme" steps to get the boy's mind off heroin and other cheap thrills. Not for the kiddies, but entertaining for grown-ups who like something different and have open minds.

The adult theme is rather tame, relatively speaking, and is handled well and not explicitly, especially compared with the moronic garbage being spewed out in American movies and TV today. Certainly not in the nearly-x-rated category of Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris," for example. What I want to know is whatever happened to the hauntingly handsome then-youngster Matthew Barry? He could have had a promising film career, based on his good looks and his performance in Luna. I saw this on Cinemax in the early, good old days (early 1980s) when it aired great movies, especially foreign films. I have tried, but been unable to, buy it, sad to say.)


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