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Current read: "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" by Jenny Han 📚♡ @bibliophilicwitch
They're so pretty it hurts. I'm not talking 'bout boys, I'm talking 'bout girls
𝘪 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝗝𝗨𝗦𝗧 𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘴 𝘮𝘦 𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘥 . . . 💭
You guys win. An Asian woman's concerns apparently doesn't matter. Racism fucking wins.
"i'm a member of [xyz marginalized group] give me money" is like... you are a stranger on the internet and i have no way of proving your race/sexuality/gender/etc... i have no idea if you actually need money... you're exploiting white guilt (or the equivalent when it comes to sexuality/gender/etc) over systemic oppression for your own personal gain when that money could go to charity or to other reputable places... AND you're putting personal information on the internet for what will likely be very small benefits
Sliding into the 1970s with two very different Japanese films.
The Vampire Doll (1970), directed by Michio Yamamoto, was the first of three vampire films made by Toho Studios, pretty clearly in a bid to capture some of the thriving Dracula market coming out of Hammer Films at the time. The story is about a guy who visits his fiance only to discover upon arrival that she’s recently died (and nobody bothered to tell him). But things are kind of weird around the house, compounded by an unsettling discovery. When he doesn’t come home, his sister and her boyfriend(?) come looking for clues as to his whereabouts.
The story is mostly forgettable, although there are some neat visuals. Also noteworthy that the vampire is....really not very vampire-like. There’s a lot of yurei influence in her design and everything else. Also the twist/explanation for the vampirism is very E.A. Poe, which is kind of clever, so I liked that...but then the movie just very abruptly ends right when it’s getting interesting. Alas.
Belladonna of Sadness (1973) is an animated art film directed by Eiichi Yamamoto and produced by Mushi Production, an anime studio that broke off from Toei to make some well-known properties like Astro Boy, Dororo and Kimba the White Lion. They also worked with Rankin/Bass on The Last Unicorn, which is apparent in some of the character design.
But Belladonna is not your usual anime. It’s not...entirely...like anything I’ve ever watched. The animation is beautiful but quite unique. Sometimes most of the frame will be a still image that the camera just pans over, or a predominantly still image with a single animated feature. There’s narrative voice-over and some musical numbers. The whole thing is surreal and impressionistic and not quite meant to be viewed literally -- symbolism does a lot of heavy lifting.
The plot is kind of hard to summarize in a way that does it justice, because this is a film that demands to be experienced rather than understood. Basically, it’s about a young woman who’s raped on her wedding night by the local baron (presumably because she and her new husband couldn’t pay taxes) and who ends up turning to the devil/witchcraft for a better life.
The film was partly inspired by Jules Michelet's 1862 non-fiction book La Sorcière and by the life of Joan of Arc.
This film is not going to be for everyone, which is probably why it was a huge commercial flop on release and fell into obscuring for about 30 years before finally getting a US distribution in 2015. It’s very weird and artsy and has a whole lot of sex. Like, a lot. There’s an animated orgy sequence involving people turning into animals and then back again and just piles and piles of people having sex with each other in every way possible. It’s not a very cheerful film, and its narrative is more storybook than modern movie -- lots of voice-over, not so much in-the-moment character interactions.
But I fucking loved it.
Seriously, this film is amazing. And shockingly feminist, especially by 1973 standards. It’s kind of a rape-revenge film, except not exactly -- because for a while at least, her greatest revenge is just living a better life. This film makes for fascinating viewing alongside Eggers’ The Witch, and a really interesting three-way comparison with Rosemary’s Baby. (Interestingly, Quentin Tarantino was partly inspired by this film when he was making Kill Bill, which features the title track from Belladonna -- at the time an exceedingly obscure film and something only a real cinephile would have ever noticed).
🍰 ¥ 200,00 . . . .
In The Pink
Rachel Chu my beloved
𝗺𝘆 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿:
-people with mental illnesses
-people questioning their identity
𝗺𝘆 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿:
-bioessentialism in discourse
-ableism to ANY disorder
-MAPs/NOMAPs/ all pedophiles
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