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Black Moon (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1975)

Cathryn Harrison , Thérèse Ghiese , Louis Malle  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Cathryn Harrison, Thérèse Ghiese, Alexandra Stewart, Joe Dallesandro
  • Directors: Louis Malle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen, Color
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004S8021C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,171 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Moon (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Archival interview with director Louis Malle

Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos

Alternate French-dubbed soundtrack

Original theatrical trailer

New and improved English subtitle translation

PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau


Editorial Reviews

Louis Malle (The Lovers, Au revoir les enfants) meets Lewis Carroll in this bizarre and bewitching trip down the rabbit hole. After skirting the horrors of an unidentified war being waged in an anonymous countryside, a beautiful young woman (Cathryn Harrison) takes refuge in a remote farmhouse, where she becomes embroiled in the surreal domestic odyssey of a mysterious family. Evocatively shot by cinematographer Sven Nykvist (Cries and Whispers, Fanny and Alexander), 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent exercise in atmosphere July 1, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Malle explains in the interview excerpt included on the Criterion release that BLACK MOON is not about plot. It is about capturing moods and tones through various cinematic devices. It is about the unusual characters and situations. They provide the anchors for the film. Malle shoots his film as though it were a dream. Everything is very ambiguous and strange. There's not much I can say about this film that will do it justice, you just have to see it. I didn't know quite what to make of it after my first viewing, I just let it sink for a few days. I'm still not sure how I feel, but I'm glad I had the experience. You just have to let it wash over you. It's very slow and there's usually not much going on in the soundtrack except for ambiance and mumbling. It feels like an early David Lynch film produced by Alejandro Jodorowsky. You will either hate it or it will intrigue you. Either way, if you're a fan of surreal cinema, this is definitely worth a watch.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The oddest movie I have ever seen...ever! January 25, 2008
Format:DVD
The movie is often played on a cable station usually after 9pm, and for good reason, I guess. Black Moon is a quiet movie, but its almost like watching a trainwreck. Once you start watching, you cant take your eyes off. And you dont really feel compelled to watch it again because its almost frightening. There is very little dailogue in the movie. Now, I'm not sure, but here is what I think this movie is about: Picture a post-apocolyptic, war-in-progress, war-torn country-any country will do for the purpose of decribing this movie. In your wildest imagination, picture animals that can speak, imp-like nude children running across the countryside chasing pigs, and unicorns actually do exist. All of the scenes have something about them that are flip-flop and the writer's attempt to depict their idea of of what the "end of the world" would be like. You know, when all of the "good" forces are removed from the earth and all of the "bad" forces are completely in contol of everything. For instance, all through the film you find large, rogue forces of female military troops being killed by each other and the very few male troops that are left at this point in time; probably for defecting or being traitors or something. Then, you have these very beautiful young people who are male/female twins that dont speak, yet they sing songs from Tristan and Isolde. Now these examples are not even the tip of the iceberg for what goes on in this film. And I am sure that I have missed something because I was able to pick up on only some of the subtle points here, but that is the only way that I can explain the odd complexities of this film. I watched it twice, the first time because there wasnt anything else on. Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 'Certainly Not A Full Moon... December 11, 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
[BLACK MOON - 1975 - Directed by Louis Malle - Widescreen] Black Moon is a non-narrative Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality (?) apparently set in a postapocalyptic world of men against women, shifting identities and talking animals that make more sense than their human counterparts. It is Malle's most experimental film and an irritating cinematic daydream like no other. Is this a good thing? I don't believe so. He's treading on Luis Bunuel's turf, but clearly is in over his head. Even his interview in the bonus features shows how uncomfortable he is discussing the film, refusing to elucidate on elements that border on incomprehensible within the film, never making eye contact with the camera, his posture and body language as defensive as someone in a police video interrogation we are soon to find guilty of a crime.

As someone who has seen almost every Malle film and is a professed fan, I was excited about seeing this one, but midstream, I realized I was in for a huge letdown, and by the film's end, I was flabbergasted seeing the final scene approaching, the outcome of which would leave me perplexed, pissed, and feeling cinematically cheated by a good friend. There's more to be said about this film and the director's effort, but I simply cannot bring myself to care enough to do so - it might only succeed in making you want to see this flick and, unless you're a completist or a cinema sadist, what's the point? It seems most directors hit a wall at some point during the 70's for a variety of reasons we don't have time to delve into here. What could have been Lewis Carroll by way of Luis Bunuel as seen through the eyes of Louis Malle ends up a non-narrative mess that's not even character driven with little plot, no development or back-story, no emotional content and no ending.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nymphet Breastfeeds the Old Lady March 23, 2014
Format:DVD
Unsurprisingly, Barbara Gordon related in Jennifer Fever that gay men have a preference for young men, but surprisingly lesbians don't have a preference for young women. And I wrote in The Allure of Nymphetsthat the only thing that a man likes more than a nymphet are two nymphets.

However, a number of straight men have a preference for a genre of adult films that features teens with middle-aged women. The popularity of the genre may be due to the fact that the contrast in ages highlights the age of the younger women. The contrast appears to make the teens look even younger i.e., more attractive.

Black Moon (1975) is a fantasy film that was written and directed by Louis Malle. (The French born filmmaker directed the very controversial Pretty Baby (1978) as well.) In Black Moon, among other strange occurrences, 15-year-old cleavage revealing Lily Cathryn Harrison) chases a talking unicorn around the grounds of a 200-year-old manor house in France. (The house belongs to Malle.)

When Malle was asked to describe Black Moon he said, "I don't know how to describe Black Moon because it's a strange melange - if you want, it's a mythological fairy-tale [à la Alice in Wonderland] taking place in the near future."

What is clear in the film is that Malle knows how to take advantage of the allure of a nymphet. Malle teases the viewer with Lisa's cleavage for over an hour before he has the nymphet unbutton the few remaining buttons of her white cotton shirt, wipe her "chest" clean with a dampened cotton ball, and consolingly "breastfeeds" the Old Lady (Thérèse Giehse). Unsurprisingly, Black Moon was the winner of two French César Awards.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Black Moon- a colorful journey
Let me say that if you are a fan of surrealism and like movies with ambiguous rather than neatly packaged endings, Black Moon is for you. Read more
Published 23 days ago by T. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars In loving memory of Luis Buñuel...
The surrealistic mood of this film must be watched as a bitter metaphor. If it's true Carlos Saura paid his tribute to Buñuel with Peppermint Frappe, Malle makes the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hiram Gomez Pardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Melancholic Beauty
This film immerses you in a dream of melancholic beauty. Have you ever been out in the woods at dusk or dawn? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lobsterman
5.0 out of 5 stars Only a Freudian might make some sense of the movie.
This movie is not about a dream, but It's like witnessing a very vivid dream of a sixteen year old girl. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alban Arthuan
1.0 out of 5 stars Never got to view it
The product arrived in a sealed box, and was shattered on the inside. It went from the DVD case to the garbage can in record time. A total waste of time, money and effort. Read more
Published 9 months ago by jeffrey S. Goldfarb
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
I just wanted to drop-kick this dvd out the window. Yes, I get the whole Alice thing, it still just revolted me.
Published 10 months ago by gw
3.0 out of 5 stars Louis Malle what were you thinking?
A movie without rhyme or reason, just beautiful Cinematography by Sven Nykvist. I saw this on late night TV a few years ago and decided to get the movie to see if there was any... Read more
Published 11 months ago by John Gardner
2.0 out of 5 stars Sad
I enjoy Emile Malle, and imagination in general, but "Black Moon" left me unmoved. It is as if Malle had some visual images in his mind, but could not carry them out in time and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dr. Robert H. Getscher
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great! As expected. Will be having a great time with this product for the near future. No complaints what so ever.
Published 20 months ago by Eugene Chang
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange
Strange movie. Enjoyed it immensely. Bravo. My thoughts have been well and truly provoked. I would definitely watch another movie by the same director, or with the same main girl.
Published 21 months ago by Robert Hayles
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