Witchcraft, Satanism, and the Male Gaze: The Paranoid Sexual Politics of Belladonna of Sadness

The 1973 Japanese animation feature film Belladonna of Sadness defies its roots in the sexploitation genre by spending as much time on sex as it does feudal politics and superstitions, witchcraft, Satanism, and even the Black Death. A bizarrely beautiful film, its slow-paced animation style and strangely apt treatment of themes of exile, detachment, violation […]

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