Dionysus in '69
DIRECTOR: BRIAN DE PALMA
CAST: SAMUEL BLAZER, WILLIAM FINLEY, JOAN MACINTOSH
SCREENPLAY - WILLIAM ARROWSMITH
“Would you like to dance later on if you dig our women? Would you like to dance later on if you dig our men?” A crucial part of the late-sixties New York counterculture comes to big-screen life in De Palma’s documentary of Richard Schechner’s notorious, experimental, off-off-Broadway production of Euripides’s Dionysus, employing split-screen, a device De Palma would use and refine for his entire career. This celebration of pansexuality stars De Palma’s recurring leading man, William Finley, as the ecstatic title character. The interactive downtown audience is only occasionally made uncomfortable.