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Black Moon

Louis Malle

Black Moon (Criterion Blu-Ray)


1 Disc

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  • France
  • 1975
  • 100 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English
  • Spine #571

Louis Malle meets Lewis Carroll in this bizarre and bewitching trip down the rabbit hole. After skirting the horrors of a mysterious war being waged in the countryside, beautiful young Lily (Cathryn Harrison) takes refuge in a remote farmhouse, where she becomes embroiled in the surreal domestic life of an extremely unconventional family. Evocatively shot by cinematographer Sven Nykvist, Black Moon is a Freudian tale of adolescent sexuality set in a postapocalyptic world of shifting identities and talking animals. It is one of Malle’s most experimental films and a cinematic daydream like no other.


DirectorLouis Malle
ProducerNouvelles Éditions de Films and Bioskop Munich
Written byLouis Malle
Additional dialogue byJoyce Buñuel
Production managerPaul Maigret
Director of photographySven Nykvist
EditingSuzanne Baron
Production designRoland Thenot
Art directionGhislain Uhry
Assistant directorFernand Moszkowicz
SoundNara Kollery
Sound effects byLuc Perini
Musical supervisorDiego Masson
MusicRichard Wagner

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncom­pressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Archival video interview with director Louis Malle
  • Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos
  • Alternate French-dubbed soundtrack
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau

    New cover by Yann Legandre

Press Notes

Press Notes: Malle x 2

July 14, 2011

Louis Malle has a well-deserved reputation for eclecticism, having made documentaries, . . . Read more »


Black Moon: Louis in Wonderland

By Ginette VincendeauJune 28, 2011

Black Moon may well deserve the title of Louis Malle’s film maudit. The release in September . . . Read more »