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Belladonna of Sadness (Cardiff - UK)

Start Date: 30 September 2017
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Country: United Kingdom
Posted By: Joe

Categories: Screening Anime Film

Where is it?

Chapter Arts Centre
Market Road

United Kingdom

Running Time: 89 mins.
Director: Eiichi Yamamoto,
Writer: Jules Michelet (Original Novel) Eiichi Yamamoto, Yoshiyuki Fukuda (Script)
Animation Production: Mushi Production
Starring: Aiko Nagayama, Katsutaka Ito, Tatsuya Nakadai, Chinatsu Nakayama,

This is an animation dating back from 1973 and it has returned to the world having undergone a 4K restoration based on the original negatives. It is an erotic anime, the third and last of the adult-oriented Animerama trilogy produced by the "Godfather of Manga" Osamu Tezuka and directed by his long-time collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (Astro Boy). It is based on the book Satanism and Witchcraft by French writer Jules Michelet which suggests that witchcraft is a rebellion against the patriarchal rule of church and state. The film features a psychedelic folk rock soundtrack and surreal sexual imagery.

Synopsis: Young and innocent peasant woman Jeanne is ravaged by the local lord and in her distress she makes a pact with the Devil himself. The Devil grants her the powers of witchcraft but this leads to misfortune as the community find their taste for violence and libidos awakened and Jeanne is the focal point of their sexual frenzy...