Rabbit's Moon

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Rabbit's Moon
Directed byKenneth Anger
StarringClaude Revenant
André Soubeyran
Nadine Valence
Release date
1972, 1979
Running time
Short (2 different versions): 16 min. (1972)/7 min. (1979)
CountryUnited States

Rabbit's Moon is an avant-garde short film by American filmmaker Kenneth Anger. Filmed in 1950, Rabbit's Moon was not completed (nor did it see release) until 1972. Anger re-released the film in 1979, sped up and with a different soundtrack.

Filmed under a blue filter and set within a wooded glade during the night, the plot revolves around a clown, Pierrot, his longing for the moon (in which a rabbit lives – a concept found in both Japanese folklore and Aztec mythology), and his futile attempts to jump up and catch it. Subsequently, another clown (Harlequin) appears and teases Pierrot, showing him Columbina, with whom he appears to fall in love.


The sets were borrowed from French filmmaker Jean-Pierre Melville.[1]


The 1972 version of Rabbit's Moon features a soundtrack consisting of 1950s and '60s pop: "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. The 1979 version features only a loop of A Raincoat's "It Came In The Night" as its soundtrack.


The film is credited by electronic duo Rabbit in the Moon as the inspiration for their name.

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  1. ^ Lewis, David. "Movies: Rabbit's Moon (1950)". New York Times. Retrieved 27 July 2014.

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