The Bacchantes


1h 40m 1963

Brief Synopsis

An ordinary night in suburbia filtered through the eyes of the characters' often lustful fantasies of a babysitter.

Film Details

Also Known As
Le baccanti
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Société Cinématographique Lyre; Vic Films
Distribution Company
Medallion Pictures
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Inspired by the play Bacchae by Euripides.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

Synopsis

The people of Thebes are suffering from a severe drought. King Pentheus is told by his mother, Agave, that the people have turned against him because he does not recognize the deity of Dionysus, the god of fertility. The king decides to sacrifice Manto, the niece of a seer, to Demeter, the goddess of earth, but Dirce, the king's betrothed, wants to spare the young woman. She goes to a grotto where the Bacchantae (followers of Dionysus) have gathered and there meets a stranger who leaves for Thebes when Dirce tells him of the pending sacrifice. Lacdamo, the king's cousin, rescues Manto, but the stranger, revealed to be Dionysus, is captured. Dirce visits him in prison, and when he tells her his true identity, the two escape to Mount Cithaeron. During the Thebans' revolt, King Pentheus is killed, and Lacdamo assumes power. Dirce, realizing the futility of her love for a god, remains with the Bacchantae.

Film Details

Also Known As
Le baccanti
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Société Cinématographique Lyre; Vic Films
Distribution Company
Medallion Pictures
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Inspired by the play Bacchae by Euripides.

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 40m

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Trivia

Notes

Opened in Rome in August 1961 as Le baccanti.