Black Moon (1975)
Black Moon (1975)
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Critic Reviews for Black Moon
There is an order to this film, but we must supply it, each according to his needs.
Malle offers no explanation for his heroine's visionary odyssey through a world in which all history runs parallel with all realities. Yet a logic is there, even if its reference point is jabberwocky.
Fans for such a film need insight more than sundry freakout moments.
Some critics described Black Moon as a sort of darker Alice in Wonderland, but it's much too tedious to approach that level of entertainment.
its outlandish and nonsensical detours begin to feel less like the "automatic writing" of the surrealists and more like a series of meandering, meaningless head games, each melting into the next with no lasting impact.
Audience Reviews for Black Moon
Black Moon is the theatrical realization of an apocalyptic dream conceived by Louis Malle featuring the most bizarre: a war, a senile woman, a bevy of naked children, and a unicorn. A surreal escape. Eccentric.
A young woman flees a shooting war between the sexes and holes up at a farmhouse with a bedridden old woman, a brother and sister both named "Lily," a bunch of naked children, and a unicorn. Pure surrealism is hard to pull off at feature length (even Bunuel and Lynch rarely attempted it). Louis Malle proves not to be up to the challenge, either, though there are some good individual moments (who wouldn't love the unicorn)?
"Black Moon" starts out with a porcupine minding its business in the middle of the road when it is run over by a young woman speeding along in a car. A war is going on. Even though we're never exactly told what it's for, it's a good guess that it might be a war between the genders. She barely escapes a roadblock, comes across another group of soldiers and then stumbles through the woods. And that is when the unicorn appears...
"Black Moon" is a rather unique film, with a debt being owed to Lewis Carroll. And any sort of goodwill created by the unique setting is generally undone by a good deal of incoherence.(There is very little dialogue in this film. In fact, there is not any until about half hour into the film.) We don't have to have everything spelled out for us but we must have half a clue as to what is going on. Or, what the rules of the new reality are, if it is a new one, at all.
(Originally reviewed in the blog section on July 10, 2005.)
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