Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Where's The Dvd? Louis Malle's Black Moon

I must admit that I am a bit up and down with the films of Louis Malle. Some I like very much and some leave me very cold.
His 1975 feature, BLACK MOON, is one of the most haunting films I have ever seen though. I couldn't even began to describe this very strange and hypnotic film. I can say that, after seeing it for the first time last year, that it stuck with me for days, like some sort of vivid dream that I just couldn't shake.

The film stars the lovely Cathryn Harrison, the fantastic Joe Dallesandro and features cinematography by the legendary Sven Nykvist.
The film is available on disc in Europe but outside of the occasional tv airing, it has never been released on home video in the US.

Criterion has put out several Malle titles in the past year and rumor has it that this one might get the deluxe treatment. I hope so, it truly is a wonderfully baffling film that deserves a dvd release.

In the meantime, search down this powerful film and have your own dreams with it.


Lastyear said...

I'm a big fan of Louis Malle but Black Moon left me cold.I saw it recently on cable and found it rather silly.Still Malle is important enough director that all his films should be available.I would like to see his Zazie sans de metro get a release.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks for reading and for your comment. I know it is a film that seems to divide people. Perhaps my love for it has something to do with Malle not being a favorite since I know it isn't typical of his work.
Either way, I always think that the films that cause the biggest disagreements are some of the most interesting.
Thanks again for taking the time to comment...much appreciated

Tim Lucas said...

I can always tell when BLACK MOON has run on cable because, the next day, my blog receives several referrals from browsers looking for "Cathryn Harrison Nude." Not that I blame them one iota -- this was an arrestingly attractive young woman.

Jeremy Richey said...

She was very striking, she reminds me a bit of Rainbeaux Smith. I think I have actually read that somewhere else before. Thanks for your comments Tim, always great to hear from you on here...

Jeremy Richey said...

Never mind the Rainbeaux Smith comparison Tim, I just went back and re-read your post on it and the description of her as, "the feral kid sister of Catherine Deneuve and Fran├žoise Dorleac" is absolutely perfect.

cinebeats said...

I really want to see this. A friend was supposed to send me a copy a few weeks ago and hopefully I'll get to see it soon. I can watch Joe Dallesandro in anything!

Jeremy Richey said...

Joe Dallesandro is, and will always be, the man. I absolutely love him.
I really like "Black Moon" but I know it gets a very varied reaction. I'll be curious to hear what you think of it.
As always, thanks for your comments Kimberly.

Anton Ross said...

Funny enough, I just saw Black Moon last night on Showtime (I'm in Beaufort, South Carolina) for the sole reason that it was a Malle film, and I hadn't seen any of his flicks since college.

Black Moon really did feel like a dream to me. Heck, I've had dreams like that movie before...sans unicorns, though.

I liked it. I didn't read too much into it in a linear fashion, but just sort of enjoyed the experience...kind of like how I love watching Cirque du Soleil shows on BRAVO. Good stuff.

The reference to Cathryn Harrison looking like "the feral kid sister of Catherine Deneuve" is right on the money. I was actually looking to see if they were, in fact, related. That's how I landed here.

At any rate, I'd watch this film again just for the experience and the stunning (if not bizarre) visuals. Surely beats watching re-runs of Three's Company late at night! (The movie was on last night around 3 a.m.)

Glad I found a place to comment on this film, since none of my friends have seen it or could reasonably discuss its merits.


martin heavisides said...

I'm with Last Year on Malle's general importance, and with Jeremy Richey on Black Moon's particular beauty, eloquence and wit. It's my favourite Malle film (unless you count the remarkable India documentaries, which are closest to it in texture) and I think in some ways it's the key, in an underground cryptic way, to his whole body of work