Reflections of a New World - Japanese Protest and Art on Film: Funeral Parade of Roses
The groundbreaking exhibition For a New World to Come: Experiments in Japanese Art and Photography, 1968–1979 is on view at the museum from March 7 to July 12. This series of films responds to the themes and concerns of artists represented in the show. Also relevant to this subject is the Feb. 13-15 engagement of Hiroshima mon amour by Alain Resnais. Selected screenings are introduced by Yasufumi Nakamori, associate curator of photography.
An important work from Japanese New Wave cinema, Toshi Matsumoto's Funeral Parade of Roses is an innovative and shocking reimagining of Oedipus Rex placed in the underground gay clubs of 1960s Tokyo. The story of cross-dresser Eddie's romance with the owner of a seedy Shinjuku club is cut between documentary-style interviews of the actors and bizarre, violent hallucinatory scenes. Stanley Kubrick took inspiration from Matsumoto for A Clockwork Orange, and like that film, Funeral Parade of Roses leaves its audience stunned by the excesses it takes on the path to an eerie conclusion.