Cremaster 3
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Cremaster 3 is the final installment of the five-part epic film cycle from director and sculpture artist Matthew Barney. Encompassing a dizzying number of themes, this elaborately stylized experimental film showcases Barney's affinity for architecture and sex. Much of the highly symbolic imagery involves Celtic mythology and phallic references, with Barney himself appearing as the Entered Apprentice and sculptor Richard Serra playing architect Hiram Abiff. Some of the settings include the Chrysler Building in New York City, the Saratoga race track, and the Guggenheim museum ( where much of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

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"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."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"It's art of the highest order."
‑ Sheila Farr, Seattle Times
"May be the best combination of everything that Barney does best in this series: the striking visuals, a definite narrative, and enough variety to keep things interesting. The final sequence, "The Order," is as engaging as this series gets."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Attempting to sum up the scope of Matthew Barney's epic in a few words is like trying to shove the history of existence through a scrotum-shaped pinhole."
‑ Anita Schmaltz, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"Extremely accomplished filmmaking that's only in need of an editor. And perhaps a coherent story."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The hypnotic imagery and fragmentary tale explore the connections between place and personal identity."
‑ John Habich, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"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
"The endurance test of the Cremaster series."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"Personifies experimental filmmaking pushed to new extremes."
‑ Neil Kendricks, San Diego Union-Tribune
"Trapped in a seat while the three-hour Cremaster 3 goes on (and on), you feel more like a prisoner than a participant."
‑ Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News
"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."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"the longest and last of 'the Cremaster Cycle' is also Barney's crowning masterpiece."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"6:30 p.m. (Upon the completion of "Cremaster V") - zzzzzz . . ."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"If you're hoping for a movie that makes sense, you're in for 3 very frustrating hours, it jumps from one bizarre 'performance piece' to another."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
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