Thursday, October 18, 2007
Odds and Ends: The Moon In The Gutter
Shortly after the release of Beineix's film, legendary Australian artist Nick Cave paid tribute to the film on his debut solo album FROM HER TO ETERNITY with his own THE MOON IS IN THE GUTTER. The song, much like the film, isn't one of the best known songs of a controversial career but it is one greatest.
The usual amount of worldwide promotional material was released for the film and there are many beguiling poster designs, lobby cards and clippings available for fans who are willing to look.
The film itself remains unavailable in this country at the present moment. The original out of print VHS can be tracked down but it is missing close to ten minutes of footage. A recent special edition French DVD has apparently come out and it is said to have a commentary by Beineix. Hopefully one day the film will be more accessible in the States for people who would like to see it.
Nastassja Kinski, who gives one of the decades most defining performances in THE MOON IN THE GUTTER, was hurt by the film's brutal reception, but she would bounce back with four of her best performances before the ill fated REVOLUTION would ground her career a few years later.
Beineix would return with a vengeance a few years after THE MOON IN THE GUTTER with his fierce BETTY BLUE, but unfortunately his career has never fully recovered from the pounding that THE MOON IN THE GUTTER received. He remains one of the most talented and visionary directors on the planet, but unfortunately he is rarely credited as such.
Earlier this year though something surprising happened when the great British magazine Sight and Sound paid tribute to 75 great undervalued films. The great writer and critic Nick James used THE MOON IN THE GUTTER, a picture of Kinski, and the film's "Try Another World" to kick the tribute off. It was one of the first times I have seen the film mentioned in a very long time. It was a very welcome surprise, and who knows maybe one day this brave film and director will finally get their due.