Funeral Parade of Roses is an experimental film that is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It tells the tragic tale of Oedipus Rex, but with a twist (I’ll leave that to you to discover).
The movie is funny and touching and difficult and on a level of its own. It portrays trans characters in a way that feels ahead of its time for a film made in 1969. They’re all beautiful and multidimensional characters—they’re humans, not stereotypes. It’s a special thing to see, and I think it’s handled very well. I’m looking forward to reading other takes on it too in order to learn more.
Black and white serves this film well. It gives it a dreamy, surreal feel that fits the atmosphere.
What I love about this film is the way it approaches its humor. It’s clever, self-aware, and strange. And it’s edited in a way that is all over the place. It does have a darker side, which is what brings the whole picture together.
There wasn’t a moment where I wasn’t enthralled by what I was watching. If you ever get a chance to see Funeral Parade of Roses, go for it. It’s a special film.
The Bottom Line: Funeral Parade of Roses is the best film I’d never heard of before seeing it.