Brian De Palma films the Performance Group’s stage play adaptation of Euripides’s The Bacchae. Experimental theater fans might enjoy it, but I found it pretentious and opaque. De Palma uses a perpetual split-screen to simulate the theater-in-the-round experience, but it proves a poor analog. William Finley’s performance—his final monologue in particular—provided the lone highlight.
- 2011 | International Film Forum↩