Black Moon • 1h 40m
Directed by Louis Malle • 1975 • France, Germany
Starring Cathryn Harrison, Joe Dallesandro, Thérèse Ghiese
Louis Malle meets Lewis Carroll in this bizarre and bewitching trip down the rabbit hole. After skirting the horrors of a mysterious war being waged in the countryside, beautiful young Lily (Cathryn Harrison) takes refuge in a remote farmhouse, where she becomes embroiled in the surreal domestic life of an extremely unconventional family. Evocatively shot by cinematographer Sven Nykvist, BLACK MOON is a Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a postapocalyptic world of shifting identities and talking animals. It is one of Malle’s most experimental films and a cinematic daydream like no other.
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“Pour le cinéma”: Louis Malle, 1975
In this excerpt from the September 21, 1975, episode of the French television program “Pour le cinéma,” director Louis Malle offers some insight into BLACK MOON’s characters, its setting in the French countryside, and its unique look and sound.