The Complete CREMASTER CYCLE Plays Friday 9/30—Tuesday 10/4!
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*Please Note: Due to an editing error, showtimes in one section of our printed calendar are incorrect. When using the printed calendar, please refer to the showtimes accompanying the film description.
An art world phenomenon eight years in the making and one of the most epic, ambitious film art pieces ever created, Matthew Barney’s six and a half hour CREMASTER CYCLE is a masterpiece of non-narrative filmmaking. Barney’s epic cycle of birth and sexual differentiation melds genres as diverse as the Busby Berkeley musical, the gothic Western, and operatic spectacle, encompassing Celtic myth, Masonic initiation rites, motorcycle races, obscure historical references, high fashion, lush music, and category defying imagery, as it spans half the globe, from Boise to Budapest, with Barney himself popping up as a tap-dancing satyr, a naked magician, a giant, and serial killer Gary Gilmore. In anticipation of our upcoming ART HOUSE SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER on Oct 5 at OBERON, we present this landmark 5-part work in its entirety.
“A ravishing stretch of cinema… rich and quite, quite strange.” – David Frankel, Artforum
“Mr. Barney’s cycle, with themes enunciated and developed and overlaid with other themes, can now be perceived as one mega-film… It’s rather like watching Wagner or Robert Wilson or Tarkovsky’s Andrei Rublev and letting the imagery captivate you on its own, preverbal terms. There’s time for reflection later, as the images cling stubbornly in your brain… Mr. Barney’s pictures are often really brilliant, so brilliant as to be disorienting; of course, the pervasive ickiness, to use the technical term, helps in the disorientation process. This is utterly original stuff…” – John Rockwell, The New York Times