<i>Bara no Soretsu (Funeral Parade of Roses)</i>. 1969. Japan. Written and directed by Toshio Matsumoto
  • Funeral Parade of Roses

    1969. Japan. Toshio Matsumoto. 107 min.

Friday, January 18, 2013, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Funeral Parade of Roses

    1969. Japan. Written and directed by Toshio Matsumoto. With Peter, Osamu Ogasawara, Toyosaburo Uchiyama. “A carnivalesque melding of documentary vérité and avant-garde psychedelia, Funeral Parade of Roses offers a shocking and ecstatic journey through the nocturnal underworld of Tokyo’s Shinjuku neighborhood, following the strange misadventures of a rebellious drag queen fending off his/her rivals. Often cited as a major inspiration for Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, Matsumoto’s breakthrough film is a visually audacious and lyrically abstract testament to the vertiginous daring of the postwar Japanese avant-garde art and film scenes. Matsumoto orchestrates a series of quite astonishing visual set pieces, including actual performances by the influential street theater group Zero-Jigen” (Haden Guest, Harvard Film Archive). Print lent by Harvard Film Archive; courtesy the filmmaker. In Japanese; English subtitles. 107 min.

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