Cremaster 1
Cremaster 1 (1996)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 17, 1996
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ian Buckwalter

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.

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Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

two Goodyear blimps hover overhead, attached to the lead dancer by long cords, like testicles or perhaps ovaries.

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Jeremy Heilman

A fascinating forty-odd minute long look in, above, under, and around a complex visual metaphor.

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Nick Davis
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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.

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Ian Waldron-Mantgani
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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

Makes no sense but looks very intriguing with its repetitive shapes and colours.

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Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Yeah....I felt as though I was watching an exhibit at a contemporary art gallery..except that instead of nodding my appreciation after a few minutes, I was… More