Black Moon (1975)

Black Moon (1975)

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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, Rovi
Rating:
R
Genre:
Art House & International , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
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On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
Criterion Collection

Cast

Therese Giehse
as The Old Woman/The Unicorn

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 22, 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.

June 22, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

August 12, 2012
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

Full Review… | September 27, 2011
IdentityTheory

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
Scene-Stealers.com

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

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

½

Louis Malle's most abstract and interpretive work is one that while not understood at the time, wait until you see the film, has garnered attention more recently. Going in to this film you have to turn off that notion of following a direct plot line and logic because the film is most simply an experience. Malle says, as noted in the booklet accompanying the Criterion edition " Each time something appeared that looked like a plotline, I would cross it out." This direction means that you are watching not so much a normal paced film but a series of events that the mind can interpret in a variety of ways, quite diversely I may add as the film is filled to the brim with symbolism. All this being said the film is wonderfully shot and handled with dedication and respect and is no doubt a Malle work. The supplementary features which are unfortunately quite short for a Criterion especially, add great insight into the film. Malle says that it is absurd to ask a director the meaning behind the piece and that cinema is the worst when it comes to the scrutiny people force upon the creators. He basically leaves it to the viewer to decide what it means for them, and that is perfectly stated and true. I can't recommend this for most, but if you are like me and appreciate the obscure and abstract it is one worth watching!

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

Super Reviewer

½

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
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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