Black Moon (1975)

Paging through the posters for our selections, I have to say this one for Black Moon drew me the most. Isn’t it sweet? When I learned it was directed by Louis Malle and had Joe Dallesandro in it, I was totally in. I’d seen Malle’s Murmur of the Heart and thought it was really great, and, let’s get real ladies, who doesn’t want a little Joey D to join them on vacation? I read the brief synopsis on imdb.com and thought: “Hmm, this could be interesting.”

I suppose “interesting” is one word you could use to describe it. What is this movie about? Well, on the surface it appears to be about a young girl who is caught in the middle of a war between men and women. She’s looking for somewhere to go, and ends up at this farm (?) where giant rats talk, naked kids run around with pigs, and Joey D sings opera while picking fruit from the trees. Not to worry, it’s not really Joey D. singing. In fact, he has no real lines whatsoever, which is probably a good thing.

I guess it’s okay that I watched the whole movie and don’t actually know what it was about, because Louis Malle himself, in the extras of this Criterion disc, says even he doesn’t know what it’s about. He states pretty explicitly this isn’t a movie about ideas, but it’s about the senses. And surely, this movie is beautiful to look at. I think it’s safe to say that if you’re into David Lynch, this might be up your alley. If you like pretty things, for sure give it a shot. Just don’t expect any kind of resolution!


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