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Moon in the Gutter [Blu-ray] [1983] [US Import]

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  • Actors: Gerard Depardieu, Gabriel Monnet
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Cinema Libre
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005TH69X6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,631 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


He is a revenge-obssessed stevedore whose sister was brutally raped and murdered. She is a wealthy, elusive woman. They try hard to get together... or do they?

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 May 2011
Format: DVD
"The moon may be in the gutter, but the film is in the toilet," noted Gerard Depardieu, seeming to go along with the tidal wave of critical derision that met Jean-Jacques Beineix's The Moon in the Gutter on its disastrous premiere at Cannes. Up until that fateful night it was the hottest property in European cinema: Depardieu at the height of his cool, Nastassja Kinski at the height of her fame, a supporting cast including Victoria Abril, Dominique Pinon and Bertice Reading, Beineix fresh off the success of Diva with a novel by pulp poet David Goodis to play with... If ever there were a picture too cool for school and just riding for a fall, it was this one, and it fell hard.

As you'd expect from one of the creators of the cinema du look, it's a striking looking film, shot at Cinecitta on lovingly crafted not quite naturalistic sets in neon reds, greens and more muted orange and teals before the latter became a visual cliché, and the heightened stylisation extends to almost every aspect of the film. Thus Kinski's entrance is played at length to the accompaniment of a vivid piano concerto as she slowly walks into a bar, the camera slowly caressing her from a respectful distance as the director creates a bit of cinematic grand opera out of a character not actually doing very much, which sums up a lot of the film. It's a mood piece that's more about the filmmaking than the story or characterisation, the former anorexic, the latter striving for the iconic but settling for archetypes, and if you're not in the right mood it'll try your patience to the limit. Everything happens very slowly, very deliberately, allowing you to either wallow in the visuals or beat your head against the wall as you wait for something to happen. Very little does and even less is resolved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michel Couzijn on 26 Jun 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If you buy this product expecting blu-ray quality, you will be sorely disappointed. This is simply a (bad) DVD quality movie blown up (badly) to 1080p. It looks bad. Its colours are flatter than a VHS tape, its sharpness is nonexistent, its audio sounds like it has been recorded on my little brother's cassette tape recorder in 1980, including the tape hiss.

The movie opens with a close-up of a high heel shoe, then a female corpse with fake blood and a razor in her hand. If you like that, this is your type of movie. Eighties music at its worst. There are pretentious voice-overs, there is fake blood with an insultingly over-red colour, there's gratitious sex, there are people slowly taking off their sun-glasses, there's a Gerard Dépardieu at half his present weight before he chose to evade paying taxes in the country that made him earn money, there are Very Serious Looks Exchanged between actors, there is Nastassja Kinski who eternally deserves better roles than she ever got and certainly got in this movie, there are slow takes of actors pretending to be thinking; in all, there's fake art-house nonsense for the masses.

If you have a few quid to spend, spend it more wisely on something else than on Jean-Jaqcues Beineix' so-called 'movie'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Aug 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a good example of obscure French "Art" cinema of the 80's. Sleazy, surreal (and far too long,) but somehow Depardieu holds your attention, and Kinski is always a pleasure to watch. The story is a bit depressing, actually it isn@t a barrel of laughs, but I enjoyed it. The price was good, the print and subtitles are excellent, and I recommend it but only if the stars, director and depressing films appeal (as they can do sometimes)
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By Robin Friedman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Sep 2013
Format: Blu-ray
For many years, the American noir writer David Goodis (1917 -- 1967) was more appreciated in France than in the United States. In 1960, Francois Trauffaut made a renowned film, "Shoot the Piano Player" from Goodis' 1956 novel "Down There". Then, in 1983, the French director Jean-Jacques Beineix made an equally ambitious attempt to film Goodis with "The Moon in the Gutter", a pulp paperback novel written in 1953. Beineix enjoyed large successes with his films "Diva" and "Betty Blue". In addition, his film of "The Moon in the Gutter" had two renowned actors, Gerard Depardieu and Nastassja Kinski, in the leading roles. Unfortunately, critics and audiences disliked the movie when it was released, but the film still has a following. Goodis' finally achieved deserved recognition in the United States with the publication of a Library of America volume of five novels, including "The Moon in the Gutter". David Goodis: Five Noir Novels of the 1940s and 50s (Library of America)

The movie follows the novel reasonably closely. Goodis set his book in squalid Philadelphia slums along the waterfront while the film transfers the setting to Marseille. Some of the characters' names are also changed, and I will refer to their names in the movie. The main character, Gerardo, is a stevedore in his mid-30's who lives in a cheap rooming house with his depressive father and brother, and his girlfriend Bella. Seven months before the story begins, Gerardo's younger sister had killed herself in an alley after being raped. Full of anger and grief, Gerardo vows to find the person responsible.
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