La Luna
La Luna (1979)

Bernardo Bertolucci's controversial drama explores the troubled life of a young man and his troubling relationship with his parents. Joe (Matthew Barry) is the son of famous opera singer Caterina Silveri (Jill Clayburgh); while Joe… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 30, 1979
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Critic Score: 44% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Loud, vulgar, and frequently obnoxious, the film nevertheless has a perfect integrity in its excesses. This is filmmaking from the groin, unabashed and unrestrained.

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Variety Staff

La Luna is a spectacle-sized melodrama filled with a variety of themes -- plots and subplots that merge asymmetrically into a melodramatic mold.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Bernardo Bertolucci's excessive look into the life of a troubled teenager created quite a stir upon its original release.

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Chris Auty
Time Out

Ravishing to look at, but the movie's real curiosity is the way it fails to reverse Bertolucci's usual preoccupations.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

No amount of purloined Verdi can transform these banalities into anything else, while the film's ending, if it means what it certainly seems to mean, would embarrass a backstage Broadway musical movie, much less a backstage Rome opera movie.

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Simon Foster

La luna may not be the masterpiece all involved had intended it to be, but it is unlikely you will have the opportunity to experience a film so brazenly rich and ambitious from today's filmmakers.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Did a little bird try to warn Bertolucci that this material was, to put it kindly, two bricks short of a load?

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Gilbert Adair
Sight and Sound

In elegance, rapidity of execution and perfection of expression, Bertolucci is the cinema's Stendhal.

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Ultimately, while Luna hints at a resolution for its characters that restores the normative balance of the family structure, it also seems to content to keep its vivid beauty and its dark, perverse passions hopelessly entangled.

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Nicki Marie
Very long at over 2 hours, but is so beautifully done it does not out stay it's welcome. This film deals with very damaged people and it won't be for… More