Black Moon
Black Moon (1975)

In Louis Malle's apocalyptic fantasy Black Moon, Lily (Cathryn Harrison, granddaughter of Rex) drives down a lonesome road, and soon finds herself in a alternate world full of non sequiturs and bizarre characters. At times, this looks… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1975
DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
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Vincent Canby
New York Times

There is an order to this film, but we must supply it, each according to his needs.

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Eric Melin

Some critics described Black Moon as a sort of darker Alice in Wonderland, but it's much too tedious to approach that level of entertainment.

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Fernando F. Croce

Instinctual ferocity all but eludes Malle, who can only tastefully arrange his shots to appear to rise from the subconscious

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Malle offers no explanation for his heroine's visionary odyssey through a world in which all history runs parallel with all realities. Yet a logic is there, even if its reference point is jabberwocky.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

its outlandish and nonsensical detours begin to feel less like the "automatic writing" of the surrealists and more like a series of meandering, meaningless head games, each melting into the next with no lasting impact.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Naturally such a radical and opaque film, like none ever done before or since, was a commercial flop because the general public didn't know what to make of it.

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Matthew Sorrento

Fans for such a film need insight more than sundry freakout moments.

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Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis

Is there a single film that combines genocide, a talking unicorn, and breast feeding?... Yes!

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Anton Bitel

A curiosity on the margins of the Malle canon, and a real treat for fans of the phantasmagorical.

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Jan Marc Macababayao
Black Moon is the theatrical realization of an apocalyptic dream conceived by Louis Malle featuring the most bizarre: a war, a senile woman, a bevy of naked… More
Chris Browning
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Greg S
A young woman flees a shooting war between the sexes and holes up at a farmhouse with a bedridden old woman, a brother and sister both named "Lily," a… More
Ed Fucking Harris
I'm a little surprised that more people aren't aware of this surrealist film of the mid 70's, but since it's been released by Criterion… More
Walter M.
"Black Moon" starts out with a porcupine minding its business in the middle of the road when it is run over by a young woman speeding along in a car.… More
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