Cremaster 1
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"Makes no sense but looks very intriguing with its repetitive shapes and colours."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"A fascinating forty-odd minute long look in, above, under, and around a complex visual metaphor."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"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."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"two Goodyear blimps hover overhead, attached to the lead dancer by long cords, like testicles or perhaps ovaries."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"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."
‑ Anita Schmaltz, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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