Black Moon (1975)

An apocalyptic Alice in Wonderland!

Original Title : Black Moon
Director : Louis Malle
Writer : Louis Malle
Ghislain Uhry
Joyce Buñuel
Genre : Fantasy
Country : France
Language : English
Producer : Claude Nejar
Music : Diego Masson
Photography : Sven Nykvist
Distributor : Cinéma International Corporation (CIC), Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, Filmverlag der Autoren, Nightmare Video, Video Film Express, Vision
IMDB ID : 0072709
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Black Moon (1975) - Louis Malle


Cathryn Harrison Lily
Therese Giehse Old Lady (as Thérèse Giehse)
Alexandra Stewart Sister Lily
Joe Dallesandro Brother Lily


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.


Black Moon is not for everyone and thank goodness for that. Those who follow Malle know what to expect in his films in terms of the surreal and those who enjoy this sort of film should perhaps not gnash their teeth over its non-Hollywood approach to film-making.It's ashame one has to go back to the mid-70's to find this kind of film amidst the blockbuster generation of "films" coming out of Hollywood. The film is effective in generating a frightening dreamlike environment in which no one knows what to expect. More like life than not. This rarely seen film is well worth viewing if you can find it. I happened to catch most of it on satellite recently and it was great to see the quality of Eastman color film and how well it is holding up in our digitally defined era. I especially enjoyed the tension created during the piano segment.
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Black Moon (1975) - Louis Malle