Funeral Parade of Roses

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Funeral Parade of Roses

Q&A with writer Kyle Turner, moderated by JBFC Senior Film Programmer Monica Castillo

Join us for a screening of director Toshio Matsumoto’s shattering, kaleidoscopic masterpiece Funeral Parade of Roses, followed by a Q&A with Kyle Turner, author of The Queer Film Guide: 100 Great Movies that Tell LGBTQIA+ Stories.

Long unavailable in the US, Funeral Parade of Roses 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. Stanley Kubrick cited the film as a direct influence on his own dystopian classic A Clockwork Orange.

JBFC Members: Get a Passport stamp for Japan when you see Funeral Parade of Roses!

"A dizzying pop-art fantasia, Funeral Parade of Roses is a film that evades straightforward categorization. Through a rapid-fire combination of melodrama, comedy, horror, documentary and experimental film, director Toshio Matsumoto’s freewheeling approach to both genre and form results in a film that gleefully disorientates without ever feeling disjointed."
Sarah Cleary, British Film Institute


Q&A with writer Kyle Turner, moderated by JBFC Senior Film Programmer Monica Castillo
Q&A with writer Kyle Turner, moderated by JBFC Senior Film Programmer Monica Castillo
Monday, Jun. 26 2023, 7:00
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Kyle Turner is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been featured in Slate, NPR, the Village Voice,, and the New York Times. He is also the author of The Queer Film Guide: 100 Films That Tell LGBTIA+ Stories, out from Smith Street Books and Rizzoli on May 16.

  • Starting in early cinema with trailblazers like Making a Man of Her and Different from Others, The Queer Film Guide progresses through the eras, from Hitchcock’s Rope to cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show to today’s fast-growing list of queer films, including Carol, The Duke of Burgundy, and Moonlight. From lesser-known names to Academy Award winners, The Queer Film Guide offers a fresh take on what defines great cinema, lending a voice to the diverse creators and characters who’ve shaped the art form.
Copies of The Queer Film Guide will be available to purchase after the screening, courtesy of The Village Bookstore.

This film is part of the Pride: A Celebration Of Queer Stories series.

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