Dionysus in '69

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Dionysus in '69
Dionysus in '69.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Brian De Palma
Robert Fiore
Bruce Rubin
Written by William Arrowsmith
Starring William Finley
Cinematography Brian De Palma
Edited by Brian De Palma
Distributed by Sigma III
Release date
  • 1970 (1970)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Dionysus in '69[1][1] is a 1970 film by Brian De Palma. The film records a performance of The Performance Group's stage play of the same name, an adaptation of The Bacchae.[2][3] It was entered into the 20th Berlin International Film Festival.[4]



The film records and merges the final two performances of the 1968 stage play, the final one having been staged as extra with more lightning for better recording quality. In contrast to the previous non-recorded performances, actors are not fully naked during central scenes so to ensure distribution to movie theatres.[5] The film makes use of split screen to show both actors and audience involvement in parallel.

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  1. ^ a b "The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the ... - American Film Institute - Google Books". Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Interviews". Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Greenspun, Roger (March 23, 1970). "Screen::De Palma's 'Dionysus in 69'". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ "IMDB.com: Awards for Dionysus". imdb.com. Retrieved 8 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Richard Schechner (2009). Richard Schechner on rites and rituals in Dionysos 69 (Interview recording). OnlineDramaturgy. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 

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