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Black Moon Movie Review

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Black Moon is pure mumble-jumble, with gorgeous cinematography by Sven Nykvist and pretty faces belonging to Rex Harrison's granddaughter Cathryn, Joe Dallesandro, and Alexandra Stewart, to charm us into thinking that what we're watching can't be all that bad. But it is. It starts in a rather interesting way, with scary and seductive imagery. But then the lushness folds up on itself as if to protect us from the insight that no one really knows what the heck they're doing here. Vaguely reminiscent of Last Year at Marienbad, Black Moon is a colorful grab bag of garbled, pretentious goofiness. (Louis Malle's previous hits were Murmur of the Heart and Lacombe, Lucien. He would next make Pretty Baby and Atlantic City.) woof!

1975 100m/C FR Cathryn Harrison, Joe Dallesandro, Alexandra Stewart, Therese Giehse; D: Louis Malle; W: Louis Malle, Joyce Bunuel, Ghislain Uhry; C: Sven Nykvist.

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