Review of The Tragedy of Belladonna (1973)

Moving picture, 86 minutes

Great casual viewing. Beardsley meets (the later) Miura Kentarou in the Canadian National Film Board’s style of experimental, sophisticated animation. It would probably have been even better with a plot. The protagonist’s personal beauty is put to some artistic use, but a more realistic witch figure and anti-feudal/anti-Christian rebellion would have lent far more meaning and interest to the French Revolution coda and the whole feminist angle, which is now peripheral to the melodrama.

moving picture animation Japanese production fiction