La Luna (Italy / 1979)

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La Luna (Italy / 1979)

Postby justindeimen » Fri Aug 11, 2006 8:52 pm

No idea whether this belongs in classic or not

La Luna - Bernardo Bertolucci

There's some really heavy themes in this, most notably and controversially incest between the mother, an opera singer (the whole movie is quite operatic in the setting of Rome) and her son, a teenager slowly being sucked into a world of drugs as he slips away from his mother. It doesn't cross the line all the way, instead hovers back and forth between a loss they've shared and a promise of being together at any means, albeit not in the conventional sense.

Lovely, epic music lacquers the scenery and intensity between the parent, who finds it a duty to be closer to the son thats torn between guilt and anger. Note though, that the physical incest is not as strong as the theme of emotional incest, which is usually the more pervasive of the two. It's main focus seems to be the mending of a mother-son relationship when both mother and son are wrecks to begin with.

Bertolucci has a fond place in my heart. As simple as this sounds, he makes films that are memorable and have something to tell us. Usually about politics and human sexuality. This film is one of his earlier works and its absolutely gorgeous. Speaking of gorgeous, Jill Clayburgh shows why she's so unsung, in this she plays a woman who's so respected to everyone but yet in shambles inside. I would love to see her in more and thank god I now have something to supplant her as Ally Mcbeal's mom.

Re: La Luna (Italy / 1979)

Postby A » Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:36 pm

Hmm, sounds intriguing. I haven't read about the film before, and actually thought this could be a Fellini film, judging by its title
Could you write a bit more about it. You've really piqued my interest

But I have moved it to the Classics Forum. I'd say anything before the 1980s, can be considered "classic" by now (more than a quarter of a century).

Btw, the poster art looks beautiful.

Re: La Luna (Italy / 1979)

Postby wpqx » Fri Aug 18, 2006 1:03 am

God this movie was @#%$ awful. The worst film I've seen from Bertolucci and a muddled mess of a failed abortion. By this point he was far too unstructured, and this film is painful in its lack of cinematic discipline. God awful acting to boot, and I generally like Clayburgh. Me and you apparently have some very different opinions about this one.

Re: La Luna (Italy / 1979)

Postby A » Fri Aug 18, 2006 1:26 am

This is beginning to get interesting.
I would really like to know what kind of film Bertolucci directed after his epic Novecento. Should be hard to find in Germany, but I'll see what I can do in the coming weeks.

Re: La Luna (Italy / 1979)

Postby wpqx » Fri Aug 18, 2006 7:11 am

Its hard to find everywhere, I don't even know where my copy originated from, but it has never been officially released on video here in the US. Being that your quite the 1900 fan, A, your take on this film might be much different than mine. Although my rating for this film was half of what I rated 1900.

Re: La Luna (Italy / 1979)

Postby justindeimen » Sat Aug 19, 2006 3:41 pm

Seems the only thing wpgx and I will agree with this is that this film is quite the rarity. I bought my DVD at a garage sale. Might be Italian though, the wordings' are a bit wrecked on mine. Oh I wholeheartedly agree with the splendid cover art, it's why I even noticed it.

About the film, it's quite a heavy subject matter to tackle, plenty for the psychoanalytical of us to ponder over. Quite typical of Bertolucci to polarise his viewers. I would agree that the film is a task especially its beginning but its fruitful with much symmetry composing the parent/child relationship regarding the inexplicable quandaries of love and sexuality. Oedipal complexities are never fully explored thankfully, it doesn't go the distance like "Spanking the Monkey" did but what isn't shown is much more primal and imperative than what is shown.

I've read many stinging criticisms of the film and its incomparable director of trying to shock his way through the auds. But I honestly am too blind or refractory for lack of a better word to subscribe to that.

Re: La Luna (Italy / 1979)

Postby arsaib4 » Sat Aug 19, 2006 4:14 pm

The Danish DVD of La Luna is available HERE.

Re: La Luna (Italy / 1979)

Postby trevor826 » Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:05 pm

I'm absolutely with wpqx on this one, it used to get screened on filmfour now and again, the closest comparison I can think of is Ma Mere.

I wish I had taped it just so I could send you a copy A, then you could judge for yourself.

Cheers Trev.

Re: La Luna (Italy / 1979)

Postby A » Mon Aug 21, 2006 3:47 pm

Well, that would have been really nice of you.
But this way, I can look forward to it much more
Maybe I will also find a copy of it at some garage sale, and then I'll pop in the disc, and ...will hate myself for buying it.
Hmm, the reviews at imdb seem to be mixed also. But there's a link to where U can buy the DVD.

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