Part of the Loft Film Fest, running Nov. 8 — 16, presented by Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment and the National Endowment for the Arts. View the schedule and get tickets & passes at bit.ly/2dZ4sPn
A key work of the Japanese New Wave and of queer cinema, and cited by Stanley Kubrick as a direct influence on A Clockwork Orange, Funeral Parade has been beautifully restored in 4k from the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements for re-release in 2017.
Long unavailable in the U.S., director Toshio Matsumoto’s shattering, kaleidoscopic masterpiece is one of the most subversive and intoxicating films of the late 1960s: a headlong dive into a dazzling, unseen Tokyo night-world of drag queen bars and fabulous divas, fueled by booze, drugs, fuzz guitars, performance art and black mascara.
“Extraordinary! It imparts the thrill of witnessing the hedonism and lawlessness – both sexual and artistic- of a bygone culture. Where and when, you wonder, will cinema ever get quite this wild again?” – Jonathan Romney, Film Comment