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Kanashimi no Beradonna (1973)

Unrated | | Animation, Drama, Fantasy | 12 July 2016 (USA)
After being banished from her village, a peasant woman makes a pact with the devil to gain magical ability.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Devil
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katsuyuki Itô ...
Jean (as Katsutaka Ito)
Aiko Nagayama ...
Jeanne / Belladonna
Shigako Shimegi ...
The Lord's Mistress
Masaya Takahashi ...
The Lord
Natsuka Yashiro ...
The Witch
Masakane Yonekura ...
The Priest
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After being banished from her village, a peasant woman makes a pact with the devil to gain magical ability.

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12 July 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Belladonna  »

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$105,841, 10 June 2016
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1.33 : 1
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The film made it's North American television debut on the Turner Classic Movie Channel in the early morning on March 5, 2017. It was rated TV-MA SV. See more »

Crazy Credits

There are no ending credits or a 'THE END' title; all the credits are at the beginning. The opening theme is reprized over a blank screen after the final scene. The 2015 restoration adds a copyright byline and credits for the restoration. See more »

Soundtracks

Inside the Pale Mirror
Music by Masahiko Satô
Lyrics by Chinatsu Nakayama
Performed by Masahiko Satô
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Belladonna of Sadness was the product of an animation studio that knew it was doomed.
18 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

"It becomes apparent early on when viewing Belladonna of Sadness that this film is quite unique. Certainly the first, and possibly the only animated film that might be classified in the pinku genre. But even though the film is supposedly animated, nothing seems to be moving at first. You instead see a series of elegantly designed still drawings depicting a harmonious wedding between a peasant couple in 14th century France, as a woman sings her narration in the soulful style of a 70s rock opera. This is the film's only joyous scene, as moments later the new groom is pleading with the local land baron to reduce the marriage tax he can't afford. The baron instead decides to exercise his "droit de seigneur" with the bride. It is here, several minutes into the film, that full animation is finally used, in order to depict the rape of the virgin bride with metaphorical imagery much more disturbing than what a literal depiction of the same events could provide. A sign of things to come, as this is only the first in a series of tragic events that push this woman, through desperation, into the world of witchcraft." ...


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