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Cremaster 4 1995
Description: CREMASTER 4 (1994) adheres most closely to the project's biological model. This penultimate episode describes the system's onward rush toward descension despite its resistance to division. The logo for this chapter is the Manx triskelion - three identical armored legs revolving around a central axis. Set on the Isle of Man, the movie absorbs the island's folklore ...
Released: 06 Oct 1995 Director: Matthew Barney Writers: Matthew Barney Actors: Matthew Barney, Dave Molyneux, Graham Molyneux, Steve Sinnott Genres: Short, Fantasy, Horror
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Cremaster 4 Reviews:

Matthew Barney's "Cremaster 4" is an perfect example of what can be achieved in the zone of video art. "Cremaster 4" includes no verbal dialogue, but exists purely in the visual (with audio accompaniment). While not made with the budget and means of perhaps Barney's soon "Cremaster 3," "Cremaster 4" is a successful enveiling of different processes that reference problems of gender and masculinity, sports, and Barney's own mythology/ iconography. I trust what makes Barney's work so significant is his dealing with problems from contemporary American culture that artists previously either rejected or deemed unworthy as topics material. While the Cremaster cycle of films most directly deals with masculinity (the cremaster is found in the scrotum and is the muscle which is responsible for raising and lowering the testicles), Barney also manages to weave in his own commentary on sports (he played football at Yale), video minigames (see the Guggenheim sequence in "Cremaster 3"; it's self-explanatory), and gender ambiguity. Barney has a keen eye for striking images. The melody provided by Jonathan Bepler suits Barney's movies very well. If you like evocative images, cryptic sequences of events, and can tolerate the occasionally disturbing, I highly suggest "Cremaster 4."


The Cremaster Cycle 9/10 The Cremaster Cycle is a series of five movies shot over eight years. Although they can be seen individually, the greatest experience is seeing them all together (like Wagner's Ring Cycle) - and also researching as much as you can beforehand. To give you an concept of the magnitude, it has been recommended that their fulfilment confirms author Matthew Barney as the most necessary American artist of his generation (New York Times Magazine).The Cremaster movies are works of art in the sense that the critical faculties you test whilst watching them are ones you might more normally test in, say, the Tate Modern, than in an art house cinema. They are entirely made up of symbols, have only the slimmest of linear plots, and experiencing them leaves you with a sense of awe, of more questions and inspirations than closed-book answers. The imagery is at once grotesque, beautiful, challenging, puzzling and stupendous. Any review can only hope to touch on the significance of such an event, but a several clues might be of interest, so for what it's worth ...Starting with the title. The 'Cremaster' is a muscle that acts to retract the testes. This keeps the testes warm and protected from injury. (If you hold this in mind as you view the piece it will be easier to search another clues and create sense of the myriad allusions to anatomical development, sexual differentiation, and the period of embryonic sexual development - including the period when the outcome is still unknown. The films, which can be viewed in any order (though chronologically is probably better than numerically) range from Cremaster 1 (most 'ascended' or undifferentiated state) to Cremaster 5 (most 'descended'). The official Cremaster site includes useful synopses.)Cremaster 4 is closest to the biological model and so sets the scene, suggesting the system's onward rush. There is a motorcycle race and a Candidate who is tap-dancing his method through the floor (weird? yes - but it is definitely art, not weird for weird's sake!)The Guggenheim Museum (which houses a parallel exhibition) describes the Cremaster Cycle as "a self-enclosed aesthetic system consisting of five feature-length movies that discover processes of creation." As film, the Cremaster Cycle is one to experience in the cinema if you have the occasion to do so, or to experience and re-experience at leisure on DVD (the boxed set is promised for late 2004 and will be a gem for lovers of art-cinema fusion).


I liked this Cremaster film the best. First of all, it's great and short. Second, the visual imagery is simple, yet interesting, not the overkill of Cremaster 3. Lastly, it's probably the most "fun" of the Cremaster movies to watch (if you can describe any of them as fun). There's no plot, of course, and it's extremely pretentious, but it held my attention for all 42 minutes, and I'd suggest it as a stand-alone art film. 8 out of 10.



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