Dionysus in '69


1h 30m 1970

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 22 Mar 1970
Production Company
Performance Group
Distribution Company
Sigma III Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Dionysus in '69 by Richard Schechner (New York, 6 Jun 1968), which was based on the play Bacchae by Euripides (ca. 406 B.C.).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Proclaiming himself the Greek god Dionysus, actor William Finley invites the audience in a Greenwich Village garage to participate in a nude orgiastic ritual. Although Pentheus, King of Thebes, denounces Dionysus, he later comes under the god's influence and joins the bacchanal. Dionysus, however, directs the king's assassination by the Bacchae. Pentheus' murder destroys Dionysus' spell, and the participants disperse as Agave mourns her son, the dead king. Dissatisfied with the play, Finley announces his presidential candidacy and is carried out onto the street.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
New York opening: 22 Mar 1970
Production Company
Performance Group
Distribution Company
Sigma III Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play Dionysus in '69 by Richard Schechner (New York, 6 Jun 1968), which was based on the play Bacchae by Euripides (ca. 406 B.C.).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Filmed during a performance of the play as produced in the Performing Garage in New York's Greenwich Village. Filmed in 8mm & 16mm, the film utilizes split-screen techniques.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States March 1970

Released in United States Spring March 1970

b&w

Produced in 1968.

Released in United States March 1970

Released in United States Spring March 1970