ECSTASY OF THE ANGELS
Dir: Kôji Wakamatsu, 1972.
89 min. Japan.
In Japanese with English subtitles.

Wakamatsu's sympathies are ambiguous in "Ecstasy of the Angels." Made a year after he went to Palestine with the Japanese Red Army, this half-black-and-white, half-color genre-bender puts anarcho-communist slogans into the mouths of lovemaking militants. Rather than looking into each other's eyes, these Reichian revolutionaries look over each other's shoulders at the shining future of the classless society they will build with their pipe bombs.

Their ultra-hierarchical "Four Seasons" party degenerates when the spontaneists of the October group are accused of "opportunistic privatization of the struggle." Wakamatsu critiques clandestine armed vanguards almost as ruthlessly as the URA militants critiqued each other in the southern Japanese Alps the same year.

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