Cremaster 3


Cremaster 3 (2003)


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Barney plays the Entered Apprentice and his opponents include the Order of the Rainbow for Girls (who look a lot like the Rockettes), Agnostic Front and Murphy's Law (two New York Hardcore bands), Aimee Mullins, and Richard Serra. Molten Vaseline, dental surgery, a demolition derby by vintage Chrysler Imperial New Yorker cars and a gorgeous creature who is half-cheetah/half woman all figure in this latest edition of Matthew Barney's fever dream. Much of the action takes place in two New York landmarks, the Chrysler Building and the Guggenheim Museum, as well as at the Saratoga Racetrack (upstate NY), the Giant's Causeway (Ireland) and Fingal's cave (the Scottish Isle of Staffa).

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Richard Serra
as Hiram Abiff
Matthew Barney
as The Entered Apprentice
Aimee Mullins
as The Entered Novitiate/Oonagh MacCumhail
Paul Brady
as Cloud Club Maitre D'
Terry Gillespie
as Cloud Club Barman
Mike Bocchetti
as Grand Master
James Pantoleon
as Grand Master
Jim Tooey
as Grand Master
Nesrin Karanouh
as Gary Gilmore
Peter D. Badalamenti II
as Fionn MacCunhail
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Critic Reviews for Cremaster 3

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (13)

Like poetry and music, it isn't so much what it means as how it means. The maze of the artist's endless, haunted hallways will keep you clueless, speechless and quite possibly sleepless, in the manner of all visionaries.

Oct 8, 2010 | Full Review…

It is either an unparalleled opportunity to witness the work of an artist proclaimed by some the 'most important American artist of his generation.' Or an obligation to witness the work of the artist etc., etc.

Aug 1, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4

Trapped in a seat while the three-hour Cremaster 3 goes on (and on), you feel more like a prisoner than a participant.

Jul 24, 2003 | Rating: D | Full Review…

It's art of the highest order.

Jul 11, 2003 | Rating: 4/4

The hypnotic imagery and fragmentary tale explore the connections between place and personal identity.

Jun 12, 2003 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The filmmaker ascends, literally, to the Olympus of the art world, but he would have done well to end this flawed, dazzling series with the raising of something other than his own cremaster.

Jun 4, 2003 | Rating: C-

Audience Reviews for Cremaster 3

My favourite Barney "film". I'm not a huge fan of the other ones, but this one is the first I saw. Quite memorable as a piece of art more than a "film", which I'm sure is how Barney intended.

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