Previously, Clayburgh had just recently portrayed a character, a mother, who had an incestuous relationship with her son, in 's 1979. Barry was selected as one of ten finalists from several dozen youthful aspirants to be interviewed by Bertolucci. While touring in Italy, a recently-widowed American opera singer has an incestuous relationship with her 15-year-old son to help him overcome his heroin. Barry has gone onto work as both a casting director and an actor. They've never met, His father still lives in a rather intense relationship with his mother, the stunning Alida Valli.
Absorbed in her hectic work in various Verdi operas around Rome, Caterina is soon shocked to discover that her troubled and lonely son has become a heroin addict. Caterina is heartbroken and hopes to lure her son back to a safer and more healthful lifestyle. Recently widowed American opera diva Caterina takes her teenaged son Joe with her on a long singing tour to Italy. Caterina är operasångerska på toppen av sin karriär. Synopsis La luna is a movie starring Jill Clayburgh, Matthew Barry, and Veronica Lazar. Along the way, tensions, some sexual, derail and prolong the trip. Tomas Milian plays the boy's real father.
Two points are valid here: Bertolucci directed this during the time when he was heavily into psychoanalysis ; and secondly, someone quite lucidly stated that Bertolucci's Spider's Stratagem was a movie with a linear narrative shown in a non-linear manner while La Luna was a movie with a non-linear narrative shown in a linear manner. Her battle to break down his detachment and drug habit is the core of the film — with her own career at stake as the voice gives under stress. A Bertoluccian teen sex object if I ever so one. The saga is of Jill Clayburgh as Yank lyric star afflicted with professional neuroses, fading pipes, a son on drugs and a close-to-incest mother-son development. Even given the above, you might still be disconcerted by the rapid plot changes and narrative swings.
Men mannen dör plötsligt i en hjärtattack och Caterina tar med sig sonen Joe till Rom. After Barry's first reading of a scene, the competition was narrowed down to three contestants. Finally, opera lovers will enjoy the set piece opera scenes which are very ingeniously shot and beautifully staged. New York Times wrote: No matter how civilized we Americans think we are, we find it nearly impossible to walk with both feet off the ground at the same time. The mother in this case is Jill Claybourgh, she was raiding the crest of the wave then and it's very telling that she would choose to play a part that required, not just appearing completely nude but making love to her teen age junkie of a son. I saw this on Cinemax in the early, good old days early 1980s when it aired great movies, especially foreign films.
She tries in many instances to get closer emotionally to her son hoping that increased contact will prevail over the allure of the drugs. Eventually the son is dropped off at the ex's home, but Joe, rather than telling his father that he is his son, says that he is instead a friend of his son, and that his son overdosed on heroin after lifelong turmoil over the absence of his biological father. Her only child, a teenage son Matthew Barry accompanies his parents to a plush rental home in Italy, where Clayburgh's opera career has taken her, and where his biological father lives. When Joe witnesses the sudden death of Douglas in New York City, it leaves him angry and distraught. Her face is a voyage in itself.
But on the whole this does not distract from the overall effect. We keep thinking of gravity. At one point, when Joe is desperate for a fix, his mother masturbates him just to get his mind off drugs temporarily. I have tried, but been unable to, buy it, sad to say. While he believes that Caterina's husband, Douglas Winter , is his biological father, the truth is that Joe was sired by Caterina's former lover, who is now living in Italy and working as a schoolteacher. New York-based American diva Jill Clayburgh, a true celebrity, is married to it could happen! With some sort of closure achieved for the boy, he returns to his mother who is preparing for an opera.
Language:English and Italian Subtitles:partial English 2012-06-20. Not for the kiddies, but entertaining for grown-ups who like something different and have open minds. If you enjoy films mainly concerning characterisation in which the emotional complexities of human beings are not served up in easily chewable chunks, then you will probably enjoy this film. A film to enjoy with your heart, your gut and your libido but not your brain. Reviewed by clive-28 10 I found this a stunning and emotionally complex film.
Absorbed in her hectic work in various Verdi operas around Rome, Caterina is soon shocked to discover that her troubled and lonely son has become a heroin addict. He could have had a promising film career, based on his good looks and his performance in Luna. She even contacts his drug dealer to ask for sympathy for her situation. Her desperate attempts to wean the youth off the drug result in an incestuous relationship, but also in a possibility to reunite Joe—maybe even herself—with his real father, whose existence she has kept a secret from him. The film has oodles of moments to cherish. Caterina, unwilling to continue residing in Manhattan after Douglas' death, decides to move to with her son. Barry went screen tested in the semi-finals with actress , and, after a second test, won the role.
There, Joe begins associating with a dangerous crowd and becomes addicted to. What I want to know is whatever happened to the hauntingly handsome then-youngster Matthew Barry? Joe, moody and spoiled, needs a strong father figure to guide and discipline him, but Douglas is aloof and largely indifferent to parenting. Theatrical feature film acting debut of who had previously worked in television and off-Broadway. Recently widowed American opera diva Caterina takes her teenaged son Joe with her on a long singing tour to Italy. The irrational and problematic behavior of the characters may make the film harder to follow but seems to me a truer view of life than the explicit logical road map given to audiences in most films. Her desperate attempts to wean the youth off the drug result in an incestuous relationship, but also in a possibility to reunite Joe--maybe even herself--with his real father, whose existence she has kept a secret from him.
We are incurably literal minded. In small, very small parts, Carlo Verdone, Roberto Benigni and Renato Salvatori. Hennes man och manager ska följa med henne medan deras 15-årige son stannar kvar i New York. An elegant production -- not one lame or wasted moment. Embracing, they reaffirm their love for each other, and together the son and his father, who has come to watch the performance, and who now knows Joe's true identity as his child, hear Caterina sing at her very best.