Funeral Parade Of Roses

Mar 04 - Mar 05, 2009

(Toshio Matsumoto, Japan, 1969, 16mm, 105 min)

Matsumoto’s first feature, a masterful drag-queen melodrama, was the most formally complex film to emerge from the Japanese New Wave and the first Japanese film to deal unabashedly with gay culture. Starring gender-bending actor Peter (best remembered as the Fool from Akira Kurosawa's Ran), Funeral draws from a dizzyingly varied set of Japanese, European and American filmic, literary and cultural references, and intriguingly inverts the Oedipus myth. Rarely screened, this landmark Japanese film had a big influence on a number of directors, including Stanley Kubrick.

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