Filmed stageplay based on the ancient greek play The Bacchae written by Euripides. This play is performed by members of The Performance Group, an NYC experimental theater group who has made their own personal adaptation of this ancient text.
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A split-screen metatheatrical monument to the power of mixing media. Schechner's loose adaptation of The Bacchae is translated to the screen with dashing aplomb by De Palma providing an experience that allows its viewers no distance from the performance space. Beautifully stark and claustrophobic - almost a reverse/converse of Brecht's alienation effect, in this sense.