Bullfrog Films
58 minutes
Grades 10-12, College, Adult

Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete
Produced by Rhombus Media

DVD Purchase $59, Rent $35
VHS Purchase $59, Rent $35

US Release Date: 1990
Copyright Date: 1989
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-884-8
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-039-0

Performing Arts

Carnival of Shadows

R. Murray Schafer's bizarre love story set in an old outdoor carnival.

"Hypnotizing... The direction, editing, and all performances are first-rate... Would make a wonderful addition to any college course on Greek mythology..." **** Video Rating Guide for Libraries

A bizarre mixture of opera, dance fantasy, rock video, fairy tale and horror movie, CARNIVAL OF SHADOWS is based on the Greek myth of Theseus, Ariadne, and the Minotaur, presented as a modern love story gone mad within the grounds of an old-style outdoor carnival. Conceived and composed by R. Murray Schafer, Canada's most renowned composer and spectacle maker, CARNIVAL OF SHADOWS presents over 100 performers -- from singers, dancers, actors and musicians to acrobats, magicians, jugglers and fire-eaters.

Web Page: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/cos.html

"This film adaptation of 'The Greatest Show' is narrated by the character of a circus gypsy psychic who realizes that the handsome young man, for whom she is reading tarot cards, is Theseus, destined to meet his Ariadne, and be rivaled by the evil Minotaur, and die. The forces of reality and illusion are always at odds in this photo-surrealistic drama/ballet/special effects/occult musical about the Greek myth."