Bacchanale is a lost adult arthouse film from 1970, released towards the end of the grindhouse era and at the dawn of triple X.
The smattering of pansexual scenes take a back seat to the narrative, following the heroine through a winding dreamscape of low-budget surreal situations. This creative tact was originally designed to provide enough of a veneer of artistic merit to keep the censorship boards at bay. With the passage of time, Bacchanale now can be seen as a piece in full dialog with the cinematic trends of the day, maybe a grimy Seventh Seal, a gutter-dwelling Satiricon or outsider artist Rosemary's Baby. Too kind? You be the judge. Shot in several (but not all) colors, and concerning fashion, dreams, death, discos, calliopes, spiral staircases, water, war, hell, and, of course, sex.
For this production, Monkey Town took the liberty of inviting 50 audio artists to reinterpret the film (which is currently out of commercial release).
Directed by John and Lem Amero, starring Uta Erickson, inserts by Harry Reems and Tina Russell.
New audio curated by Sam Zimmerman, Nick Hallett and Montgomery Knott. Additional film edits by Sam Zimmerman.
Bacchanale has screened in the 2007 New York Underground Film Festival, the 2007 Mission Creek Film Festival (San Francisco), the 2007 Chicago Underground Film Festival, the 2008 Pornfilmfestival Berlin, the 2009 Rated X Festival (Amsterdam) and Symposion Pornonom (Vienna 2009).
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