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From Sunday December 20th to Saturday December 26th,
Le CiNéMa Club presents

RABBIT'S MOON

A film by

Kenneth Anger

Claude Revenant, André Soubeyran & Nadine Valence

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Directed by: Kenneth Anger - Written by: Kenneth Anger - Produced by: Kenneth Anger - Cinematography: Kenneth Anger, Oleg Tourjansky - Music: Kenneth Anger - Editor: Kenneth Anger
United States - 1950 - 16 min

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Le CiNéMa Club is presenting a double bill of two films by U.S. cult underground filmmaker Kenneth Anger. Anger — considered a great influence for David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, John Waters and Gaspar Noé — has produced almost forty works since 1937.

Nine of them — including the films from our double bill, Puce Moment and Rabbit’s Moon — have been collected by Anger under the name Magic Lantern Cycle. A collection of films that are considered to be his masterpieces. Le CiNéMa Club presents them in collaboration with French independent distributor Potemkine Films, who released a DVD box set of the nine avant-garde films.

Rabbit’s Moon (La Lune des lapins, in French) was shot in Paris in 1950. The filmmaker had moved to Paris after receiving a letter from Jean Cocteau, who had admired his film Fireworks. Cocteau took Anger under his wing upon his arrival. The film centers around a Pierrot clown trying to catch the moon. Combining the classic characters from the Commedia dell’arte, Columbine and a mocking Harlequin, and the moon rabbit found in East Asian culture and Aztec mythologies, Rabbit’s Moon is a dreamlike, whimsical, film about the fantasy of the unattainable (the moon) and the artificiality of cinema (the apparitions that come to light through a magic lantern). The film reveals Anger’s fascination for silent cinema, recalling George Méliès.

Making a movie is casting a spell

Kenneth Anger


Rabbit’s Moon is “a lunar dream utilizing the classic pantomime figure of Pierrot in an encounter with a prankish, enchanted lantern”, as Anger tells P. Adams Sitney (co-founder of the Anthology Film Archives). For the film, Anger created an entire night forest with hand-painted leaves and trees, but he was rushed out of the studio before he could finish shooting the film. He stored the film in the archives of the Cinémathèque Française until 1970 when he edited and released Rabbit’s Moon.

The film’s soundtrack is comprised of 50s and 60s pop and features the following tracks: There’s a Moon Out Tonight by The Capris, Oh, What a Night by The Dells, Bye Bye Baby by Mary Wells, I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos, and Tears On My Pillow by The El Dorados.

 

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Directed by: Kenneth Anger
Written by: Kenneth Anger
Produced by: Kenneth Anger
Cinematography: Kenneth Anger, Oleg Tourjansky
Music: Kenneth Anger
Editor: Kenneth Anger

United States - 1950 - 16 min

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