FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES (1969)
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. Transgender
actor Pita (from Kurosawa’s RAN) gives an astonishing Edie
Sedgwick/Warhol superstar-like performance as Eddie, hostess at Bar
Genet - where she’s ignited a violent love-triangle with reigning drag
queen Leda, for the attentions of club owner Gonda. A key work of the
Japanese New Wave and of queer cinema, Stanley Kubrick cited this film as
a direct influence on his own dystopian classic A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.
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