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Rabbit's Moon (1950)





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Rabbit's Moon is a "Magic Lantern" Commedia del'Arte play in which Pierrot (André Soubeyran) is attempting to reach the moon, occupied by a rabbit, and later attempts to win the heart of Columbine (Nadine Valance), though he thwarted by Harlequin (Claude Revenant). Pierrot discovers a magic lantern, which provides him happiness and relief from his unrealized ambitions. This is one of Kenneth Anger's most delicate creations, one of the only post-WWII experimental shorts to successfully recreate the look of a late nineteenth century lanterna magica . Started on 35 mm in 1950 on a set owned by Jean-Pierre Melville, Rabbit's Moon was abandoned after only a few days of shooting, as Melville needed his studio returned to him. The unfinished film was stored at the Cinemathèque Française and forgotten. In 1970 Anger returned to this project and realized it in a 16-minute version, synchronized to an assemblage of pop hits. In 1979 it was shortened to a mere seven minutes and a new soundtrack, which consists of distracting rock music that seems wholly inappropriate for the film, was added. This is the version that circulates in the current "Magick Lantern Cycle."


Critic Reviews for Rabbit's Moon

All Critics (1)

Beautifully presented lyrical short yarn.

Full Review… | March 31, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Rabbit's Moon

This movie was so annoying. It's repetitive, slow, and strange. It's an experimental film so there's really not a story, but it has something to do with a clown loving the moon or something, I think. Anyway it got on my nerves, and I don't recommend seeing it.

Aj V
Aj V

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Fireworks was what I was afraid Anger would be like, but this is an unexpected surprise. A very lovely and poignant commedia del'arte, done in beautiful blue tinge and accompanied by appropriate doo-wop songs. The repeated triple zoom-cut of the moon was really enchanting. Its influence resonates in the work of Lynch and Maddin (and is perhaps itself more than a little influenced by Cocteau).

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

It's blue... really blue. Not as blue as Jarman's Blue, but blue nevertheless. There's some stuff that's not blue, but it really is overwhelmingly blue. And there's a blue clown dude, who's blue (and white, but mostly blue) he's also blue (in the emotional sense) because he can't get the moon I think (the moon's white, but sorta blue.) There are some some other blue people and a couple blue kids and a blue rabbit. It really is very blue. *Edit* After compulsively watching this several more times over the past couple days, I've bumped it up to five stars. While it might not seem like anything other than a really pretty, fun little flick at first this is one of the few films that I think I could ever refer to as addictive. I could watch this all day, and smile and smile and smile and when night came I could go close my eyes a let the sweet sounds of doo-wop moon-songs lull me to sleep. I prefer the longer version, but the short is still fun in it's own blue little way.

Aaron Wittwer
Aaron Wittwer

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