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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]

Dionysus in '69
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Film poster
Directed byBrian De Palma
Robert Fiore
Bruce Rubin
Written byWilliam Arrowsmith
StarringWilliam Finley
CinematographyBrian De Palma
Edited byBrian De Palma
Distributed bySigma III
Release date
  • 1970 (1970)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States



The film records and merges the final two performances of the 1968 stage play, the final one having been staged with more lighting, for better recording quality. In contrast to the previous non-recorded performances, actors are not fully naked during central scenes so as to ensure distribution to movie theaters.[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 (23 March 1970). "Screen::De Palma's 'Dionysus in 69'". The New York Times.
  4. ^ " Awards for Dionysus". 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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