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The Bacchae / Staging on DVD

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A talented ensemble cast bring Euripides masterpiece to life. The Bacchae (also called The Bacchants or Bakchai in Greek) tells the story of the god Dionysus (played by Mia Perovetz) who comes to the city of Thebes disguise as a charismatic young man accompanied by a throng of erotic female maenads. The immortal play is a study in fanatical religions and confronts the personal balance that we all must find between order and spontaneity.

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James Thomas is the director/produced of more than 400 educational and narrative films. His recent work includes a staging of the Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, the PBS program Wisdom for Life: A Guided Tour of Western Philosophy - which won a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts - and Euripides classical masterpiece The Bacchae. He is the recipient of the prestigious Mathew M. Brady script-writing award, and more than 30 other awards including Best of Show from the Media Communications Association.

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  • Actors: Mia Perovetz, Angessa Lynn, Matthew Krob, Peter Judd, Michael Graves
  • Directors: James Thomas
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Adults Only
  • Studio: MacMillan Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: 0967519063
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a brilliant and extremely lucid presentation of one of the most representative and disturbing Greek dramas. Dionysos, the god of wine and madness, returns home to Thebes from time spent in the East developing an ecstatic religion. He is accompanied by Bacchae, women who participate in ecstatic rituals in his honor. King Pentheus of Thebes utterly rejects Dionysos and the revenge of the god is horrible. A woman plays the part of Dionysos which works to highlight his/her sexual ambiguity. I have no idea why this excellent film was not released and distributed through regular channels. That, alas, makes it more expensive than other films of Greek dramas on DVDs. But if you are serious about Greek drama, I think it is worth the price.
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