Saturday, July 29

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Funeral Parade of Roses

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New Digital Restoration!

Friday, July 28 – Sunday, July 30

(1969) dir Toshio Matsumoto w/Peter, Osamu Ogasawara, Yoshio Tsuchiya [105 min; DCP]
Long unavailable in the U.S., director Toshio Matsumoto’s shattering, kaleidoscopic masterpiece is one of the most subversive and intoxicating films of the late 1960s: a headlong dive into a dazzling, unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas, fueled by booze, drugs, fuzz guitars, performance art and black mascara. No less than Stanley Kubrick cited the film as a direct influence on his own dystopian classic A Clockwork Orange. An unknown club dancer at the time, transgender actor Peter (Kurosawa’s Ran) gives an astonishing Warhol Superstar-like performance as hot young thing Eddie, hostess at Bar Genet — where she’s ignited a violent love-triangle with reigning drag queen Leda (Ogasawara) for the attentions of club owner Gonda (Kurosawa regular Yoshio Tsuchiya).

One of Japan’s leading experimental filmmakers, Matsumoto bends and distorts time like Alain Resnais, freely mixing documentary interviews, Brechtian film-within-a-film asides, Oedipal premonitions of disaster, his own avant-garde shorts, and even on-screen cartoon balloons, into a dizzying whirl of image and sound. Featuring breathtaking black-and-white cinematography by Tatsuo Suzuki that rivals the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe, FUNERAL PARADE offers a frank, openly erotic and unapologetic portrait of an underground community of drag queens.

A key work of the Japanese New Wave and of queer cinema, FUNERAL PARADE has been beautifully restored in 4k from the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements for this re-release.

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“Describing this transgressive take on Oedipus Rex purely in terms of plot would be as limiting as calling the King of Thebes slightly confused.” – Michael Nordine, Indiewire

“It imparts the thrill of witnessing the hedonism and lawlessness—both sexual and artistic—of a bygone culture. You also feel an almost tragic surge of melancholia watching it: where and when, you wonder, will cinema ever get quite this wild again?” – Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

“As a cinematic and cultural document this is fascinating material, definitely worth your time.” – Bradley Gibson, Film Threat

“Matsumoto mashes a barrage of audio-visual styles, tones and gimmicks into a brash kaleidoscope of filmic possibility.” – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

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Friday 7/28
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