Cremaster 5

Matthew Barney’s third installment of the Cremaster Cycle (yes, #5 is the third) is basically an opera. Much like his excruciatingly long (but somehow still worthwhile) River of Fundament, there is no dialogue- only music. Ursula Andress “stars” (if that’s the correct word) in this assembly of images: man on horse, underwater fairy women, man jumping off a bridge, etc. Whatever it all means, it’s lush and beautiful and takes place in Budapest, a gorgeous city itself.

Just as a reminder, this series is not meant for commercial distribution, so these sub-par VHS copies are the closest we get to his vision. Although, if you know Barney, the low-fi aesthetic is actually quite fitting.

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