Belladonna of Sadness

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Belladonna of Sadness

  1. Friday, September 23, 2016 11:59 p.m.
Still image from the film Belladonna of Sadness

New 4K Restoration.

One of the great, lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, never before officially released in the U.S., Belladonna of Sadness is a mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show of medieval tarot-card imagery with horned demons, haunted forests—equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. Belladonna unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together and is fueled by a mind-blowing Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer Masahiko Satoh. Newly restored by Cinelicious Pics using the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements—and including more than eight minutes of surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative—Belladonna of Sadness is extremely transgressive and not for the easily offended. In Japanese with English subtitles. Contains mature content.  (2K DCP Presentation)