The Bacchantes (1961)

Genres - Fantasy, Drama  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - Italy  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Taina Elg plays a ballerina named Dirce who, butterly fashion, flits from lover to lover. Her latest is a hedonist young man named Dionysius (Pierre Bice). Frivolity veers dangerously towards tragedy, as a "Greek Chorus" of older observers-foremost among these is Akim Tamiroff-look on in bemusement and bewilderment. The basic story of The Bacchantes might seem familiar to first-year students in Greek drama. And well it should: the film is essentially an update of Euripides' The Bacchae.



ballet-dance, dance [art], false-accusation, farming, love, romance