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Cremaster 3 (2002)

 -  Drama | Fantasy  -  25 May 2003 (Iceland)
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The third film of a five-part art-installation epic -- it's part-zombie movie, part-gangster film.



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Credited cast:
Richard Serra ...
Hiram Abiff
Matthew Barney ...
The Entered Apprentice
The Entered Novitiate / Oonagh MacCumhail
Paul Brady ...
Cloud Club Maitre D'
Terry Gillespie ...
Cloud Club Barman
Mike Bocchetti ...
Grand Master
David Edward Campbell ...
Grand Master
James Pantoleon ...
Grand Master
Grand Master
Nesrin Karanouh ...
Gary Gilmore
Fionn MacCumhail (as Peter D. Badalamenti)
The Mighty Biggs ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Heather Coker ...
James Drescher ...
Lead Singer - Murphy's Law
Mason (as Todd Hunter)


Barney plays the Entered Apprentice and his opponents include the Order of the Rainbow for Girls (who look a lot like the Rockettes), Agnostic Front and Murphy's Law (two New York Hardcore bands), Aimee Mullins, and Richard Serra. Molten Vaseline, dental surgery, a demolition derby by vintage Chrysler Imperial New Yorker cars and a gorgeous creature who is half-cheetah/half woman all figure in this latest edition of Matthew Barney's fever dream. Much of the action takes place in two New York landmarks, the Chrysler Building and the Guggenheim Museum, as well as at the Saratoga Racetrack (upstate NY), the Giant's Causeway (Ireland) and Fingal's cave (the Scottish Isle of Staffa). Written by Sujit R. Varma

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$9,787 (USA) (21 May 2010)


$120,308 (USA) (2 October 2010)

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After the teeth have begun to exit the Apprentice's prolapsed intestine, there is an overhead shot of the hitmen standing around the Apprentice on the dentist's chair. The view of the intestine is slightly blocked by the back of one of the hitmen, but as he shifts from side to side, the teeth are nowhere to be seen. See more »


Edited into The Cremaster Cycle (2003) See more »

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25 July 2003 | by (austin TX) – See all my reviews

i would suggest to anyone that is fond of dismissing things as "pretentious" that it would perhaps be helpful to look that word up. (b. expressive of affected, unwarranted, or exaggerated importance, worth, or stature). no where in the film did i get a sense stated or implied that the film was even important at all or of any significance. there was alot of obscure humor in cremaster 3 and if someone didn't get the jokes etc. then they should just say so. there's nothing wrong with not understanding some things...there's alot of things i don't understand. stuff flies right past me all the time. like that Harry Potter stuff....i just don't get it. it is beyond my capacity. does that make it pretentious?..... no. does that mean it's intending to be better than if you want something pretentious go read the bible.....really the "word" of the creator of the pretentious is that?

Also dismissing things as 'arty' is another pet peeve. 'art' is just anything that communicates something in a subjectively aesthetic manner. so all films are 'arty'.

it's just like because doesn't know what the word "pretentious" means doesn't make the dictionary pretentious.

as far as cremaster 3 goes...the first hour and a half dragged a bit. but over all it was a very funny film. the giant...the gnome/elf thing...that crazy little girl song......Murphy's Law vs Agnostic Front....Masonic references? i was rolling on the floor. the Masons are a very secret organisation....the masonic references in cremaster were secret. the film was practically a documentary....

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