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In medieval France, country-boy Jean falls in love with country-girl Jeanne. As part of a strange ritual, the local landlord forces himself on Jeanne, and then allows his soldiers to gang rape her. Jean's hand is cut off when he fails to raise enough funds for the war coffers. Losing faith in God, Jeanne starts to have conversations with the Devil. Both Jean and the villagers throw her out, believing her to be possessed, and the disillusioned girl devotes herself to the Devil. Based on the 1862 novel La Sorcière by Jules Michelet, it adapts the story of Joan of Arc for an adult art-house audience, using a combination of still frames and full animation deliberately aimed at breaking free of the full-animation mold and extending anime's "artistic" potential. Compare this with The Sensualist, aimed at the same kind of artsy audience, and Heroic Legend of Arslan, which uses the still-frame device with considerable artistic invention purely to reduce costs. It is the last of three films made for an adult audience by Mushi, though before production began, Osamu Tezuka had already lost control of the company. New president Eiichi Kawabata appointed Yamamoto to direct Belladonna, and the result is different in mood and tone from Arabian Nights and Cleopatra: Queen of Sex, made by Mushi under Tezuka. N