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(1973) dir Eiichi Yamamoto w/Aiko Nagayama, Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Itô, Masaya Takahashi, Shigako Shimegi [86 min; DCP]
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 – equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. An innocent young woman, Jeanne (Nagayama) is violently raped by the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact with the Devil himself (Nakadai) who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire. Extremely transgressive and on par with Rene Laloux’s Fantastic Planet and Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards as an LSD-stoked 1970s head trip, BELLADONNA marks a major rediscovery for fans of animation for grown-ups.

“‘Belladonna of Sadness’ is undoubtedly a landmark of animated film, and arguably a masterpiece. But it’s a very disquieting one.” – Glenn Kenny, New York Times

“A visual and aural masterpiece […] Without exaggeration this is one of the most beautiful films you will ever see.” – Film Journal International

“Combines the Japanese pink film with more ‘respectable’ Western high art to deliver a message as progressive as the images are shocking.” – Brooklyn Magazine


Buy Tickets: Belladonna of Sadness

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Friday 5/13
at 10:30 PM
Saturday 5/14
at 9:30, 11:30 PM
Sunday 5/15
at 9:30 PM
Monday 5/16
at 9:30 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats here.