Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

CREMASTER 4 / CREMASTER 5

 

Year: 1997
Country: USA
Run Time: 97 minutes

Matthew Barney's camera has dreamed dreams. He has brought them back with him, in his "Cremaster" series of avant-garde features, numbered one to five (yet filmed out of sequence). Each independent narrative is more opulent and accomplished than the last at plunging the viewer into another reality, a fantastic mindscape of pansexual symbolism and themes that seem to derive from legends ancient, modern, and yet-to-be. CREMASTER 4 heads for the seas off Britain, for a phantasmic shoreline motorbike race run by creatures of myth and fantasy, with some peculiarly biomechanoid aspects to the pit crew. CREMASTER 5 opens in a vast opera house where the sole patron, the Queen of Chains (Ursula Andress, regal in her glass-globe hairpiece) is the one who sings, in untranslated Magyar, while her thoughts wander to a lost love, and water-nymphs perform a bizarre fertility ritual with a satyr in pools beneath her dais. Shot in the Isle of Man, Budapest, and New York - Barney has stuck to locations in the same latitudes throughout the cycle - these are the final movements in a visual symphony composed by fimmaker/performance artist Barney, a hypnotically beautiful and unique multimedia vision.

Screenplay
Matthew Barney

Director
Matthew Barney

Producer
Barbara Gladstone, Matthew Barney

Cinematography
Peter Strietmann

Editing
Matthew Barney

Principal Cast
Matthew Barney, Ursula Andress, Joanne Rha, Susan Rha

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