Cremaster 3 (2003)

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

All Critics (39) | 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.

Full Review… | October 7, 2010
Washington Post
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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.

August 1, 2003
Denver Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 24, 2003
Dallas Morning News
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It's art of the highest order.

July 11, 2003
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 12, 2003
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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.

June 4, 2003
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Cremaster 3


Unfortunately this fascinating, highly artistic series, or "cycle", of 5 films from performance artist Matthew Barney isn't available on DVD or any form of video (and never will). Covering a range of subjects using symbolic imagery and characters. If you get a chance to see the series do a little research on it and Matthew Barney beforehand. I saw this series a few years ago. Want to see it again.

Atlas of id
Atlas of id

I liked this slightly less than Cremaster 2 in terms of narrative, but the aesthetics were equally gorgeous. At first, I thought the use of Serra was trite, but I liked seeing him on screen.

Sharon Bautista
Sharon Bautista

Look, there's no reason to be intimidated by this. Barney is more than happy to talk about his work - read a few interviews, prepare yourself for some trippy shit and just revel in the visual and conceptual excess.

Kate T.
Kate T.

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