dir. Toshio Matsumoto | 1969 | 105 min. | Japanese with English Subtitles
Funeral Parade of Roses is a loose adaptation of Oedipus Rex set in the underground gay counterculture of 1960s Tokyo, released by the Japanese New Wave group ATG (Art Theatre Guild). Notable for its cinéma vérité interventions that blur the lines between actors and their characters, its "pop" predispositions, and other unconventional effects, the film was later a major aesthetic influence on Stanley Kubrick's 1971 film A Clockwork Orange. The politics of Funeral Parade, though, are quite different: the film has investments in the struggles of students and outsider cultures of its late '60s moment, and offers a sympathetic look inside the converging subcultural scenes.
Selected and Introduced by English Department graduate student/Film Studies GA Mike Quilligan
A brief discussion and free pizza will follow the film.