The 1969 experimental film “Funeral Parade of Roses” defies classification: The “Oedipus Rex” update is a master class in queer art-house cinema, integrating documentary techniques in which the movie’s actors break the fourth wall to discuss their roles. Revolving around a love triangle in Tokyo’s underground transgender scene, Toshio Matsumoto’s avant-garde classic has been restored for a June re-release.
HuffPost has the exclusive trailer, which outlines the film’s stylistic flair. “Funeral Parade of Roses” famously inspired Stanley Kubrick’s vision for “A Clockwork Orange,” which also melds violence, sex and outré imagery.
“Roses” opens June 9 at New York’s Quad Cinema and June 16 at Los Angeles’ The Cinefamily. It expands to additional cities thereafter.