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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Another early Brian De Palma documentary is getting attention this week, this time at the San Francisco Musuem Of Modern Art, which has been running an exhibition titled "How Wine Became Modern." Pop-Up Magazine, a quarterly live-on-stage format "magazine" that exists for only one night, in one place, debuts a new "Sidebar" series Thursday at SFMOMA to tie in with the wine theme. As part of the evening, Dionysus In '69 (a film produced, directed, shot, and edited by De Palma, Robert Fiore, and Bruce Rubin) will screen at 7pm. The film documents in split-screen the Richard Schechner-directed restaging of The Bacchae by the Performance Group. The evening kicks off at 6pm with a wine and food tasting curated by Meatpaper magazine and Blue Bottle Coffee, and then following the film screening, the Pop-Up Magazine Sidebar will commence with various artists, authors, and filmmakers tackling "the politics, humor, history, art, science and craft of California's favorite drink," according to the Pop-Up website.

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Name: "Joanna Leigh"
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   While there were a few scenes in the filmed play that unbalanced me, it intrigued me enough to actually go out and find the play and I was able to see where certain scenes were changed with the actor (in this case, William Finley) interwove a brief bio of himself for the description of the birth of Dionysus.

  In terms of the play, itself, I recall reading somewhere that this was Brian DePalma's strongest connection to Phantom of the Paradise. (Where the audience plays participant as well as spectator).  In fact, William Finley is something of a 'SWAN' to William Shepherd's (Pentheus) 'Winslow' of sorts. King of Thebes, he is trying to bring order to his kingdom, and  makes a bizarre bargain with Dionysus, in order to restore the order that D was responsible for destroying.....similar to Swan offering to HELP Winslow create the music he (Swan) stole and butchered in the first place.  The proverbial Fox garding the hen house.

   Truth to tell, I don't remember how the play in the book ended but I like the counter-cultur-ish way William Finley ended the 'stage' version.  "You don't wanna vote for me?  Write your own name in!"   Aaah yes....the 'gods' of 'religion' and politics.  Beware them all.

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