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Trivia / Belladonna of Sadness

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  • Creator Killer: The film's initial release did so bad that it led to Mushi Productions restructuring.
  • Doing It for the Art: The film's premise and main aesthetic themselves were very uncommercial to their core, but Mushi Productions made it anyway even if it led to their bankruptcy.
  • No Dub for You: Licensed by an art-house distributor with no ties to the North American anime industry.
  • Late Export for You: Released in 1973, it only received an official US release in 2016 (with the exception of a few festival releases sprinkled here and there), when Cinelicious Pics, Spectrevision, and The Cinefamily put out their restoration.
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  • Unintentional Period Piece: Although it doesn't take place in 1970, Jeanne and Jean's full hair, the trippy images derived from Art Nouveau, and the quirky folk-rock soundtrack make it pretty obvious that the film was made in the early '70s.

Alternative Title(s): Kanashimi No Belladonna


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