BELLADONNA OF SADNESS and VALARIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS | Pre Show Clips and Trailers

For this podcast (episode 145) Dan and Bradley welcome Elbee and Andrew from GRUMPIRE to discuss BELLADONNA OF SADNESS (1973) and VALARIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS (1970).

This post gives a brief note on each film and includes some of the clips and trailers used for the episode. Our podcast is full of spoilers and as always we highly recommend you watch the films we discuss prior to listening.

VALARIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS

This 1970 film was directed by Jaromil Jireš

The film is based on a 1935 novel of the same name. It is made up of a mélange of things we love here at Movies from HELL: Occult elements, surrealism, blasphemous religious elements and a touch of the experimental with it’s sets and time framing. The ambiguous relationships throughout make this a curios film that begs for multiple watches just to get a clear idea of what is happening.

Known for it’s beautiful look and it’s effective score, VALARIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS is a must see for those interested in strange cinema as well as a film that would be gobbled up by any self respecting cinephile.

INTRO VIA CRITERION

CRITERION TRAILER

THE SOUNDTRACK
CzechValerie a týden divů
Directed byJaromil Jireš
Screenplay byEster KrumbachováJaromil JirešJiří Musil (dialogue)
Based onValerie and Her Week of Wonders
by Vítězslav Nezval
Produced byJirí Becka
StarringJaroslava SchallerováHelena AnýžováPetr KopřivaJiří Prýmek
CinematographyJan Čuřík
Edited byJosef Valušiak
Music byLubos Fišer
Production
company
Filmové studio Barrandov
Distributed byÚstřední půjčovna filmů
Release date16 October 1970
Running time77 minutes
CountryCzechoslovakia
LanguageCzech

BELLADONNA OF SADNESS

A 1973 film directed by Eiichi Yamamoto

BELLADONNA OF SADNESS gives us the goods with lush watercolor animation and a great soundtrack unleashing a load of Movies from HELL qualified themes including: orgiastic activities, psychedelia, The Devil, hallucinations, insanity, witchcraft and much more.

We highly recommend this film for cinephiles and depraved animation aficionados alike.

THE ORIGINAL TRAILER
MODERN TRAILER
YAMAMOTO’S CLEOPATRA
YAMAMOTO’s A THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS
Japanese哀しみのベラドンナ
HepburnKanashimi no Beradonna
Directed byEiichi Yamamoto
Written byYoshiyuki Fukuda
Eiichi Yamamoto
Based onSatanism and Witchcraft
by Jules Michelet
Produced byTadami Watanabe
StarringAiko Nagayama
Tatsuya Nakadai
Narrated byChinatsu Nakayama[1]
CinematographyShigeru Yamazaki
Edited byMasashi Furukawa
Music byMasahiko Satoh
Production
company
Mushi Production[2]
Distributed byNippon Herald Eiga
Release dateJune 27, 1973 ( Berlin)June 30, 1973 (Japan)
Running time86 minutes[3]
CountryJapan
LanguageJapanese

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