Cremaster 5
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The five in-progress avant-garde Cremaster films have been made out of sequence for a Guggenheim Museum showing of all five in the year 2000; Cremaster 5 is actually the third to be filmed (released in 1998 when number two and number three had not yet been made). In number five, the Queen of Chains (Ursula Andress, with the singing voice of Adrienne Csengery), wearing a glass dumbbell on her head, moves into the restored Budapest Opera House where she sings passionately of her lost love (writer-director Matthew Barney), later seen as a half-man/half-fish surrounded by pink mermaids. Her aria… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Some of the richest, most gorgeous imagery of the cycle, much of it taking place in a dark, baroque Budapest opera house. Holds the interest hypnotically, but may seem inconclusive for the concluding segment of such a sprawling work"
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Lots of classy dark colours and soaring music..."
‑ Ian Waldron-Mantgani, UK Critic
"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
"Surreal and untouchable and yet it taps into a powerful sense of emotion."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"This final 'Cremaster' film is the most static of the series, and will appeal most to fans of opera."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
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