ONE PIECE X SHICK CM VER.2
i have put off watching it for years because it looks like a film people would call amazing based on visuals alone, so i didn’t have high hopes for the rest of it. maybe i should watch it then!
What’s it about? Looks like some Criterion shit
It’s about a peasant woman living in the super repressive and exploitative feudal society of medieval France where peasants, and especially women, were treated horribly, and how that drives her into satanism and “witchcraft”.
It’s not perfect and I was feeling very skeptical about it for maybe the first half… in the beginning it seemed a bit like a “hey look women secretly love getting raped they just can’t admit it” exploitative type of shit, shrouded in candy visuals and a trippy 70s soundtrack.
But the longer I watched and the more I thought about it, the more it won me over.
I like that it’s based on this mid 19th century book, Satanism And Witchcraft by french historian Jules Michelet, which was one of the first sympathetic histories of witchcraft. Like in that book, the story in Belladonna puts forth a sort of hypothesis on how witchcraft might have come to be; women simply being treated so badly that they put down their foot and found strength within themselves to rebel and go against norms (the governing religion, societal rules about sexuality, etc.), and in turned were treated even worse, condemned and burnt on stakes.
The subject matter is very related to Lars von Triers’s Antichrist and it also made me think of Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon (in terms of “investigating” the evolution of “evil” and fascism in pre-WWI Germany), both films that I love and have watched multiple times.
I like how it stressed that the “devil” character in Belladonna is not necessarily a male “other” attacking her but rather her own strength and sexuality that she is surprised to find within herself and grows as she nurtures it.
I think it’s really interesting that it was a total commercial flop while being super ahead of it’s time; the (now huge) market for erotic animated films wasn’t really a thing until 10 years after Belladonna came out.
Lastly I just really like the sound quality and how the narrative is both sung and spoken clearly at a pace where I can actually understand a bunch of it.
TW though: none of the above changes the fact that it’s still super rapey, however abstractly, especially in the beginning. I don’t blame anyone for not being into that.
Girls are told to be skinny but not too skinny and to wear makeup but not so much that guys can tell and to dress in revealing clothes but not too revealing or else you’re a slut and a hundred other contradictory standards so I think guys can deal with being made fun of for wearing fedoras
Remember when someone decided Pluto wasn’t a planet and people got really angry
Mrs. Robinson- Simon & Garfunkel
That half-hearted struggle to stop your relatives from giving you money.
“No no, really no, I won’t take it, please no…okay thanks.”
I had promised a giveaway, so here it is. You have the chance to get one of these, the shirt of your like, the size of your like, meaning, either one of these three.
The rules are simple, reblog, once, twice or thrice (likes do not count) I don’t really mind, but don’t pester your followers either with so many reblogs. Also, no giveaway blogs, I will check even if my eyeballs pop out.
This giveaway will end on December 15th, 11:00 PM CET. (Central European time)
I will announce the winner at midnight CET, if by any means, they do not get back to me within 2 days, I will pick a second winner.
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Good luck, I think.