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Black Moon (1975)

Black Moon (1975)

Black Moon




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In Louis Malle's apocalyptic fantasy Black Moon, Lily (Cathryn Harrison, granddaughter of Rex) drives down a lonesome road, and soon finds herself in a alternate world full of non sequiturs and bizarre characters. At times, this looks like a David Lynch film, what with an old woman conversing with a rat, a pack of naked children chasing a pig, a talking unicorn, a strange set of possibly incestuous siblings (one of whom is "underground" film star Joe Dallesandro), and several other warped set pieces. Malle reportedly culled inspiration for the narrative of this film from his own dreams. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Special Interest
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Written By: Louis Malle, Joyce Bu˝uel
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On DVD: Jun 28, 2011
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Critic Reviews for Black Moon

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

There is an order to this film, but we must supply it, each according to his needs.

Full Review… | June 23, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Fans for such a film need insight more than sundry freakout moments.

Full Review… | September 27, 2011

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.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011

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.

Full Review… | July 21, 2011
Q Network Film Desk

Is there a single film that combines genocide, a talking unicorn, and breast feeding?... Yes!

Full Review… | June 28, 2011
Movie Metropolis

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.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer


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)?

Greg S

Super Reviewer


"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.)

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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