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La Luna (1979 film)

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Genre  Drama
Music director  Ennio Morricone
Country  Italy
6.7/10 IMDb

Director  Bernardo Bertolucci
Budget  12 million USD
Language  English
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Release date  September 30, 1979
Writer  Franco Arcalli (story), Bernardo Bertolucci (story), Giuseppe Bertolucci (story), Giuseppe Bertolucci, Clare Peploe, Bernardo Bertolucci
Cast  Jill Clayburgh (Caterina Silveri), Matthew Barry (Joe Silveri), Veronica Lazar (Marina), Renato Salvatori (Communist), Roberto Benigni (Upholsterer), Fred Gwynne (Douglas Winter)
Similar movies  Sliver, Savage Grace, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Happy Endings, Porco Rosso, The Secret of NIMH
Tagline  Catherine & her son share a desire that will shock you.

La Luna, also known as Luna, is a 1979 Italian film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and starring Jill Clayburgh. The film concerns the troubled life of a teenage boy and his relationship with his parents, including an incestuous relationship with his mother.


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La Luna (1979 film) movie scenes

Joe (Matthew Barry) is the son of famous opera singer Caterina Silveri (Jill Clayburgh). While Joe believes that Caterina's husband, Douglas Winter (Fred Gwynne), is his biological father, the truth is that he was sired by Caterina's former lover, who is now living in Italy and working as a schoolteacher. Joe is moody and rebellious and needs a strong father figure to guide him and keep him in line, but Douglas is ineffectual and emotionally weak, and when Joe witnesses the sudden death of Douglas, it sends him over the edge. In hopes of boosting her singing career, which has fallen into a rut, Caterina decides to move to Italy with her son. There, Joe falls in with a dangerous crowd and becomes addicted to heroin.

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Caterina is heartbroken and hopes to lure her son back to a safer and more healthful lifestyle. She tries in many instances to get closer emotionally to her son hoping that increased contact will prevail over the pull of the drugs. She even contacts his drug dealer to ask for sympathy for her situation. At one point, when Joe is desperate for a fix, his mother masturbates him just to get his mind off drugs temporarily.

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Seeing no other alternative, she decides to drive to the location they originally lived, where her estranged lover lives with the hope that some sort of fatherly bond will cure her son. Along the way, tensions, some sexual, derail and prolong the trip. Eventually the son is dropped off at the ex's home, but Joe, rather than telling his father that he is his son, says that he is instead a friend of his son, and that his son overdosed on heroin after lifelong turmoil over the absence of his biological father. With some sort of closure achieved for the boy, he returns to his mother who is preparing for an opera. Embracing, they reaffirm their love for each other, and together the son and his father, who has come to watch the performance, and who now knows Joe's true identity as his child, hear Caterina sing at her very best.


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  • Jill Clayburgh – Caterina Silveri
  • Matthew Barry – Joe Silveri
  • Veronica Lazar – Marina
  • Tomas Milian – Giuseppe
  • Renato Salvatori – Communist
  • Fred Gwynne – Douglas Winter
  • Alida Valli – Giuseppe's Mother
  • Elisabetta Campeti – Arianna
  • Franco Citti – Man in Bar
  • Roberto Benigni – Upholsterer
  • Carlo Verdone – Director of Caracalla
  • Peter Eyre – Edward
  • Reception

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    In his two star review, the critic Roger Ebert wrote of Bertolucci "He's got a soap opera and a freudian case history (traditional enemies in their natural states) and he's forcing them to copulate".

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    In the London Review of Books Angela Carter wrote of Jill Clayburgh's performance "Jill Clayburgh, seizing by the throat the opportunity of working with a great European director, gives a bravura performance: she is like the life force in person".

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    In an entry dated 7 September 1979, Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky wrote in his diary "Saw Bertolucci's La luna. Monstrous, cheap, vulgar rubbish."

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