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Hardcover, 500 pages
This is a second redesigned and expanded edition of our original Belladonna of Sadness book. It includes a download card with the complete film. More details to follow. Pre-orders available now.
Belladonna of Sadness, the final film in the adult-oriented Animerama trilogy, is one of the great forgotten masterpieces of Japanese anime. Loosely inspired by Jules Michelet’s 1862 history of witchcraft and the occult, La Sorcière, Belladonna of Sadness tells the story of a young woman who makes a pact with the devil to exact revenge after being raped and driven from her home. This brief synopsis, however, does no justice to the visual spectacle of the film, which proceeds as a series of still images flashing onscreen. Spectacular watercolor paintings, by Kuni Fukai, marry the art nouveau artifice of artists like Aubrey Beardsley to ’60s psychedelia; the film’s North American distributor, Cinelicious Pics, describes it as “equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and gorgeous, explicit Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism.”
This beautifully produced large-format volume provides an indispensible companion to this incredible animated masterpiece, including script excerpts, stills and other ephemera from the film, a text about the film’s painstaking restoration and interviews conducted with the film’s illustrator and composer, and director Eiichi Yamamoto.
Edited by Jessica Hundley and J.C. Gabel
Designed by Erika Cimino
Art Direction by Brian Roettinger