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Cremaster 3 is the final installment of the five-part epic film cycle from director and sculpture artist Matthew Barney. Encompassing a dizzying number of themes, this elaborately stylized experimental film showcases Barney's affinity for architecture and sex. Much of the highly symbolic imagery involves Celtic mythology and phallic references, with Barney himself appearing as the Entered Apprentice and sculptor Richard Serra playing architect Hiram Abiff. Some of the settings include the Chrysler Building in New York City, the Saratoga race track, and the Guggenheim museum ( where much of Barney's work is actually shown). Spatially driven rather than narratively, the film is a display of visual effects and impulses with little to no dialogue. All five parts of the film cycle (titled out of sequence) can be seen at art galleries, though Barney has been known to give out video copies with the purchase of his sculptures. Cremaster 3 was shown in the Frontier program at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

  • Release date:May 15, 2002


Richard Serra
as Hiram Abiff
Matthew Barney
as The Entered Apprentice
Aimee Mullins
as The Entered Novitiate/Oonagh MacCumhail
James Pantoleon
as Grand Master
Jim Tooey
as Grand Master
Peter D. Badalamenti
as Fionn MacCunhail
Murphy's Law
Agnostic Front


Matthew Barney
Matthew Barney
Barbara Gladstone
Matthew Barney
Peter Strietmann
Jonathan Bepler
Composer (Music Score)
Chelsea Romersa
Associate Producer
Dave Paterson
Set Designer
Linda Labelle
Costume Designer
Wharton Tiers
Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Wallin
Visual Effects Supervisor
Gabe Bartalos
Makeup Special Effects

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