Belladonna of Sadness ★★★½

this psychedelic animated musical erotica version of Lady Snowblood (also released 1973?!?!?!?) rules HARD once you get past the gratuitous rape scenes. the gorgeous watercolor animation makes the sexual violence a bit easier to tolerate than, say, the thematically-similar live-action Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) ...... still a bit icky for the all-male writers to juxtapose that trauma against a montage of erotic depictions of the ‘70s sexual liberation though, imho, even when it’s drawn that beautifully and creatively!! also, not enough revenge ....... >:(

streaming for freeeeee on kanopy (best watched dummmm stoned)