New digital restoration!
BELLADONNA OF SADNESS (1973) Never
before released in the U.S., this film is a mad, swirling, adult-themed
psychedelic light-show with horned demons and haunted forests.
BELLADONNA unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings
that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman is attacked by
the local lord on her wedding night. To take revenge, she makes a pact
with the Devil, who appears as an erotic sprite and transforms her into a
black-robed vision of madness and desire. Extremely transgressive and
not for the easily offended, BELLADONNA is fueled by a mind-blowing
Japanese psych rock soundtrack by noted avant-garde jazz composer
Masahiko Satoh. The film has been newly restored from the original 35mm
camera negative and sound elements – and includes over 8 minutes of
surreal and explicit footage cut from the negative. On par with
FANTASTIC PLANET and Ralph Bakshi’s WIZARDS as an LSD-stoked 1970s head
trip, BELLADONNA marks a major rediscovery for animation fans.