Movement Nu 10: Bertolucci’s La Luna (1979)
Tonight we would love to share with all of you one of Bertolucci’s best films, La Luna. I watched this film for the first time about 5 years ago when I was viewing a live streaming lecture with Harmony Korine; he mentioned how it was his favorite film. So obviously I immediately went to great lengths in order to obtain the film, thankfully a friend in the city let me borrow his copy. Let me just say that this film is one that you will not be able to turn off once you start it. The film is basically about a single mother with her only child, a pre-teen son, as they both live in Italy.
The mother is a troubled opera singer and her son has become so distraught with loneliness that he turns his head to trouble in order to have fun each day. The music for the film is by none other than Ennio Morricone, and photography by the infamous Vittorio Storaro. La Luna was Bernardo Bertolucci’s first English-speaking film, as all his previous work was in his native tongue, Italian. The way the photography straight up puts the viewer in a trance is truly phenomenal, something rarely seen in films from the 1970′s. The stream-of-thought fluidity of the film’s photography actually makes you addicted to the film. We at SCV encourage you to find a copy of La Luna, and watch it immediately, it is a rare gem in the film world, timeless and serene. – Ghasem