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    Osamu Tezuka's Cleopatra

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    "Independent British distributors Third Window Films announced today that they have acquired the rights to Osamu Tezuka's film Cleopatra: Queen Of Sex (1970), part of the very much forgotten and totally bizarre Animerama series. A Blu-ray release of the film is expected to arrive on the market in Spring 2018.

    The UK premiere of Cleopatra will be October 22 at 7pm at the London East Asia Film Festival, then a follow up London screening on December 2 at 9pm as part of the London International Animation Festival at the Barbican Cinema.

    Studio synopsis: Cleopatra is a very much unknown Japanese anime from 1970 made by "The Godfather of Manga" Osamu Tezuka along with director Eiichi Yamamoto. It has never been released in the UK.

    Cleopatra was a part of a series of adult anime films called Animerama (Japanese: アニメラマ), originally conceived and initiated by Osamu Tezuka and made at his Mushi Production animation studio from the late 1960s to early 1970s. As well as the erotic themes, they are also defined by mixing more typical traditional animation with sequences of UPA and Yōji Kuri–influenced experimental use of modern design, limited animation, and still paintings akin to Tezuka's experimental short films and like those largely were all directed, sometimes sharing the billing with Tezuka, by Eiichi Yamamoto. The first, A Thousand and One Nights, was the first erotic animated feature film and, at 130 minutes, remains one of the longest ever animated films and one of the first X rated animated films, pre-dating Fritz The Cat. The first two are also notable for having scores by famed composer and electronic rearranger Isao Tomita. The third, Belladonna of Sadness, made without Tezuka's direct involvement, is more serious than its predecessors and more avant-garde still, telling its story largely through pans over still, panoramic paintings with narration.

    The three films in the trilogy are: A Thousand and One Nights (千夜一夜物語 Senya Ichiya Monogatari) (1969), Cleopatra (クレオパトラ Kureopatora), and (1970) Belladonna of Sadness (哀しみのベラドンナ Kanashimi no Beradonna) (1973)."

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    Wow, really interesting release. Still haven't gotten around to Belladonna of Sadness.
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