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Cremaster 5 (1997)

A five-act opera, sung in Hungarian, set in the late nineteenth century Budapest.

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Matthew Barney

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Matthew Barney
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Cast overview:
Ursula Andress ... Queen of Chain
Matthew Barney ... Diva / Giant / Magician
Joanne Rha Joanne Rha ... Queen's Usher / Fudor Sprite
Susan Rha Susan Rha ... Queen's Usher / Fudor Sprite
Amy Chiang ... Fudor Sprite
Mei-Chiao Chiu Mei-Chiao Chiu ... Fudor Sprite
Michelle Ingkavet ... Fudor Sprite
Yoko Hyun ... Fudor Sprite (as Yoko Kuroiwa)
Kim Nghiem Kim Nghiem ... Fudor Sprite
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A five-act opera, sung in Hungarian, set in the late nineteenth century Budapest.

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The Cremaster Cycle

Country:

USA

Language:

Hungarian

Release Date:

24 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Dues Paid
31 January 2007 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Okay, I have seriously invested my time in the entire cycle, plus "restraint," several interviews and "Destricted."

I now feel qualified to report that I reject the man, though a couple of these films (Restraint and C1 in particular) gave me moments of high pleasure. I am, I discover, a man whose eye- mind prefers Greenaway, Ruiz, Maddin. Barney and Bunuel are mildly interesting voyages to the other side of town. But I find them effete, powerless. They make sloppy essays that don't reach my soul, that may be good for Budapest coffeehouse discussions, but not the sort of thing that matters.

Honestly, you can only judge an artist by the souls he touches, and Barney does have a critical mass of recruits. The best I can do is tell you why I am not among them. I need either narrative, the stuff of narrative unassembled but situated, or metanarrative... or even antinarrative. No matter what stance or how coherent, I want parts or wholes situated in a world. Don't care much about the nature of the world, as long as it exists somewhere, somehow, I can reach it.

Barney's parts are all borrowed. He didn't see them, he didn't know them, he didn't relate them — he only collects. I can get a colorful collection anywhere. Real randomness may be rare, but apparent randomness is amazingly common. I could have 12 Barneys before breakfast, and each one as sexually deviant, his only locating trait.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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