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Belladonna of Sadness
Directed by Eiichi Yamamoto • 1973 • Japan
Starring Aiko Nagayama, Tatsuya Nakadai, Katsuyuki Ito
A hallucinatory swirl of acid-trip water-color animation, this X-rated Japanese cult classic unfolds in medieval France, where Jeanne, a young bride-to-be, is raped by a feudal lord on her wedding night. In return, Jeanne makes a deal with the devil, granting her the powers of witchcraft and setting her on a path of vengeance. Writhing with erotically charged, violent, and deliriously surreal imagery, BELLADONNA OF SADNESS stands as one of the great mind-bending masterpieces of 1970s psychedelic cinema.