Friday, 21 May 2010

Kanashimi no Beradona / Belladonna of Sadness

Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Director: Eiichi Yamamoto.
Year of release: 1973
Animators: Gisaboru Sugii, Shinichi Tsuji, Yasuo Maeda.
Writers: Eiichi Yamamoto, Yoshiyuki Fukuda.
Format: DVD5
Language: Japanese (w/ english and russian subs)

This well-crafted Japanese animated feature adapts the novel Belladonna by Jules Michelet in a unique manner. The story concerns a love affair, taking place in the Middle Ages, shadowed by witch-trials and the Inquisition. The actual moments of the story are shown in more-or-less still tableaux, but the inner thoughts and feelings of the characters are fully animated.

Reviews: tezuka in english, pelleas, Esotika Erotica Psychotica

Ignore the genre I've put above, this is a full on art-house movie, lot's of still images (think Midori), utter psychedelia at times, slow moving story. Not for everyone!

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Roger Camden 21 May 2010 at 19:14  

saw a review on another blog a couple of years ago
got really syked to see it
"out-of-print" in the USA
eventually forgot all about it
until now
totally skyked again to see it

genemesis 21 May 2010 at 22:43  

Is it me or this movie seems completely poetic and erotic?!?
Ave Khaos!

Anonymous,  25 May 2010 at 16:00  

Bumped as requested.

J U D Y G O R E L A N D 14 April 2011 at 21:55  

wow this looks amazing too, i've sent you an email.

Buy Generic Viagra 30 June 2011 at 16:26  

It is a great animated film, I watched recently with some friends, very good for its time.

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