Saturday, March 22, 2014

BLACK MOON (1975): A Nymphet Breastfeeds the Old Lady

Black Moon (1975)
Unsurprisingly, Barbara Gordon related in Jennifer Fever that gay men have a preference for young men, but surprisingly lesbians don't have a preference for young women. And I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets that the only thing that a man likes more than a nymphet are two nymphets. 

However, a number of straight men have a preference for a genre of pornography that features teens with middle-aged women. Titles like Lesbian Seductions Older/Younger, Lesbian Adventures - Older Women, Younger Girls, and Mother Lovers Society are some of the most popular titles in pornography. The popularity of the genre may be due to the fact that the contrast in ages highlights the age of the younger women. The contrast appears to make the teens look even younger i.e., more attractive. 

Black Moon (1975) is a fantasy film that was written and directed by Louis Malle. (The French born filmmaker directed the very controversial Pretty Baby (1978) as well.) In Black Moon, among other strange occurrences, 15-year-old cleavage revealing Lily (Cathryn Harrison) chases a talking unicorn around the grounds of a 200-year-old manor house in France. (The house belongs to Malle.)

When Malle was asked to describe Black Moon he said, "I don't know how to describe Black Moon because it's a strange melange - if you want, it's a mythological fairy-tale [à la Alice in Wonderland]  taking place in the near future."

What is clear in the film is that Malle knows how to take advantage of the allure of a nymphet. Malle teases the viewer with Lisa's cleavage for over an hour before he has the nymphet unbutton the few remaining buttons of her white cotton shirt, wipe her small breasts clean with a dampened cotton ball, and from a scene straight out of Lesbian Adventures - Older WomenYounger Girls, the nymphet consolingly "breastfeeds" the Old Lady (Thérèse Giehse). Unsurprisingly, Black Moon was the winner of two French César Awards.

Note: The age of consent in France is 15 and since Cathryn Harrison's topless scene was shown in a non-sexual context, it was legal based on secular law. Although, what is considered to be non-sexual is subjective and sometimes the authorities disagree with artists.