Cremaster 1 (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

Cremaster 1 (1996)

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Artist Matthew Barney continues his elaborate, symbolic mediation on sex, death, and creation with this 40-minute audiovisual installment of his much-acclaimed Cremaster cycle. Labeled the first in the series although it was originally exhibited second (in 1995, following the inaugural Cremaster 4), Cremaster 1 is set in the sculptor/filmmaker's hometown of Boise, ID, on the football field of Bronco Stadium. There, a flock of stewardesses and showgirls converge, forming intricate dance/movement patterns both on the field and in the sky, their actions dictated by Goodyear (Marti Domination), a goddess hovering overhead, simultaneously occupying two Goodyear blimps. While surveying her subjects, each version of Goodyear arranges grapes in a formation on the floor, which are then carried out by the dancers below.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
Runtime:

Cast

Brooke Albus
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Anne Bannert
as Title Sequence Chorus Girl
Sara Bearce
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Tanyth Berkeley
as Goodyear Hostess In The Red Lounge
Celeste Bolin
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Miranda Brooks
as Goodyear Hostess In The Red Lounge
Amanda Bryam
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Holly Carlock
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Erin Caskey
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Jennifer Charles
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Jessica Corral
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Kathleen Crepeau
as Goodyear Hostess In The Green Lounge
Sandi Davis
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Kelsey Deakins
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Kiley Deakins
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Bobbi Degraw
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Melissa Degroat
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Kim Dias
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Marti Domination
as Goodyear
Jean Doyle
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Misty Friedrichsmeyer
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Renata Goralski
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Barbara Greenough
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Kira Gruenhagen
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Anna Bree Hardy
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Mary Jackson
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Kate Jensen
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Rachel Perry Kieffer
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Nina Kotov
as Goodyear Hostess In The Green Lounge
Kacy Largan
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Shannon Lincoln
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Brenna Manley
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Kari McKahan
as Goodyear Hostess In The Red Lounge
B.J. McKelvy
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
B. J. McKelvy
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Shannon Meng
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Nicole Michel
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
April Mora
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Heather Moss
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Catherine Mulchahy
as Goodyear Hostess In The Red Lounge
Teena Overseth
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Candess Packard
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Dina Parker
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Mickey Parker
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Emily Patterson
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Terri Pitz
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Tori Post
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Nikki Ramsey
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Tawnia Rodriguez
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Kristi Schneider
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Jessica Sherwood
as Goodyear Chorus Girl/Goodyear Hostess in the Green Lounge
Natalie Shields
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Gemma Bourdon Smith
as Goodyear Hostess In The Green Lounge
Katie Splan
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Kim Splan
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Tarisa Swenson
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Natalie Taylor
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Katrina Upshaw
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Juliette Vassilkio
as Title Sequence Chorus Girl
Melanie Wadsworth
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Tahya Wassem
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Jennifer Watson
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Antonette Wisdom
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Jennifer Wolf
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
Michelle Wood
as Goodyear Chorus Girl
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Critic Reviews for Cremaster 1

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

At 40 minutes, the shortest film in the cycle; though it is methodically paced, the colorful, confectionary visuals of its Busby Berkeley-style, football stadium-based musical revue move it along quickly enough.

Full Review… | October 11, 2010
NPR
Top Critic

Barney's outlandish mise-en-scène, forever emphasizing the organic, the amorphous, the massive, the adhesive, and the fluorescent in quite literal ways, also retains those very qualities in my memory.

Full Review… | May 19, 2010
Nick's Flick Picks

two Goodyear blimps hover overhead, attached to the lead dancer by long cords, like testicles or perhaps ovaries.

Full Review… | February 2, 2004
Movie Gazette

Makes no sense but looks very intriguing with its repetitive shapes and colours.

Full Review… | February 2, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Beautiful...

February 2, 2004

As with all of [Barney's] films, translating Cremaster 1into words is a disservice to the elevating intensity and intrigue communicated through sound and imagery.

Full Review… | January 14, 2004
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Audience Reviews for Cremaster 1

½

Visually intriguing and abstract, but disappointingly obtuse, repetitive, and derivative for a real work of art. It is, however, mercifully short. It is not, however, short enough. I'd call it challenging, but that compliment is reserved for something whose meaning isn't mysteriously guarded and ambiguous.

David Shazbot
David Shazbot

Yeah....I felt as though I was watching an exhibit at a contemporary art gallery..except that instead of nodding my appreciation after a few minutes, I was compelled to watch it for 40. I can understand the symbolism but why such a long journey?

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

While unspectacular when compared to the rest of the series, I still really enjoyed this one. This is the most uncomplicatd and conflict-free state of sexual differentiation, so it makes sense to imagine it as a grape-filled half-time show...right?

Kate T.
Kate T.

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