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The Bacchantes (1961)

Le baccanti (original title)
The god Dionysus decides to pay a visit to the city of Thebes.

Director:

Giorgio Ferroni

Writers:

Giorgio Stegani (story), Giorgio Ferroni (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Taina Elg ... Dirce
Pierre Brice ... Dionysus
Alberto Lupo Alberto Lupo ... Pentheus
Alessandra Panaro ... Manto
Raf Mattioli Raf Mattioli ... Lacdamos
Nerio Bernardi ... High Priest
Erno Crisa ... Atteon
Gérard Landry Gérard Landry ... Shepherd Poet
Miranda Campa Miranda Campa ... Queen Agave
Akim Tamiroff ... Teiresias
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The god Dionysus decides to pay a visit to the city of Thebes.

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Trivia

Apart from one Asian catalog, there is no evidence that this film was ever released as " Bondage Gladiator Sexy". Indeed, the story line contains no bondage and no gladiators. Medallion Pictures released it in the US in 1963 as "The Bacchantes", and while there was no British theatrical release, it did receive a British television premiere on 3 January 1992 (again as "The Bacchantes") as part of Channel 4's Sword and Sandal season. See more »

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Beautifully filmed historical tale.
10 December 2003 | by copycat1025See all my reviews

I recently got the chance to sit down and watch this for the first time, and am very impressed with how professional this film is. Giorgio Ferroni has fully tapped his cinematic talents, creating a movie which is visually every bit as stunning as Francisci's "Hercules." The tale itself is based on an ancient Greek play, but that is incidental. This one contains some very nicely decorated sets, an excellent score, budget costumes, and good acting. Pierre Brice is at his best as Dionysus, who comes to Thebes only to be short-shrifted by King Penteus (Alberto Lupo), who forbids his worship in that city. I've seen several other of Ferroni's films, but this one stands in my mind as one of the best. Nerio Bernardi is also in place as the high priest, while Alessandra Panaro and Taina Elg head the female cast. All in all, this is a wonderful film, and one that should be seen by every fan of the genre.


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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bondage Gladiator Sexy See more »

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Lyre Films, Vic Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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