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Cremaster 2 (1999)



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Anticipation of this fourth and penultimate installment (numbered 2) of the fabled and fabulous Cremaster series might help us imagine what waiting for the premiere of the next opera in the Ring Cycle was like...Visiting ever stranger territory, this new operatic film follows Gary Gilmore in his pursuit of Houdini in the afterlife.


Norman Mailer
as Harry Houdini
Matthew Barney
as Gary Gilmore
as Baby Fay La Foe
Lauren Pine
as Bessie Gilmore
Scot Ewalt
as Frank Gilmore
Patty Griffin
as Nicole Baker
Michael Thompson
as Max Jensen
Dave Lombardo
as Johnny Cash (with drums)
Bruce Steele
as Johnny Cash (with bees)
Steve Tucker
as Johnny Cash
Cat Kubic
as Two-Step Dancer
Sam Jalhej
as Two-Step Dancer
Jacqueline Molasses
as French Bulldog
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Critic Reviews for Cremaster 2

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

Darkly powerful.

June 4, 2003 | Rating: A-

It is Gilmore's story and his family history, evoked symbolically, that give Cremaster 2 a solidity and emotional depth that are missing in the earlier, more playful installments.

April 12, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

A tantalizing melange of dreamlike riffs on the desolation of the American west, the empty poses of male ritual, and the blood lust of macho fetishism.

April 12, 2003 | Full Review…

Barney defiantly makes expensive avant-garde movies that proudly flaunt both their extravagance and their obscurity, and while they're salient forays into notions of history and narrative to be sure, they're also sallies of the genius Artist writ large.

April 12, 2003 | Full Review…

The narcotized self-satisfaction of [Cremaster 1] is, however, preferable to the narrative Cremaster 2 (1999), which, twice as long.

April 12, 2003

The most cohesive narrative in any of these films, following murderer Gary Gilmore (played by Barney) on his crime spree, conviction, & striking execution, juxtaposed with a Harry Houdini (played by Norman Mailer) subplot.

October 11, 2010 | Rating: 8.1/10 | Full Review…

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