Pop.Art.Film. Double Feature: FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES & THE FRIGHTENED WOMAN

Director Toshio Matsumoto/ Piero Schivazappa
Year 1969
Starring Pîtâ, Osamu Ogasawara/Dagmar Lassander, Philippe Leroy
Run Time 214min

FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES (16mm)
If Jean Rollin and Stanley Kubrick watched LAST YEAR AT MARIENBAD, then decided to make a semi-documentary on the queer underworld of 1960s Japan, it would be called FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES. Mythological underpinnings give way to an experimental melange of real footage from Shinjuku bohemia and fantastically realized comic book dreams -- all mixed together in a cocktail of radical visual flourishes, stroboscopic cross-cuts, sex, drugs and public toilets. A transgressive study in surrealist displacement that hits like a landmine, buried for decades but deadlier than ever.

THE FRIGHTENED WOMAN (35mm)
It's movies like this that make us want to pack up our belongings, grow little bitty mustaches, put on white linen suits and move to Europe. We can pretty much guarantee that you'll never see an S&M soap opera like this rolling out of Hollywood anytime between now and the first extreme snowboarding championship in Hell. Bodacious Dagmar Lassander stars as an ingenue learning the ropes (literally) from satanic Phillipe Leroy, whose whole crib is like Six Flags for perverts. Free-association faux-psychological screenwriting is brought to life with absurdly opulent production values and pinwheel visual exuberance. The door into and out of the sex gym is in the shape of a vulva between two giant sculpted legs! Let's all move in together.

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