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Cremaster 5 (1997)

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


Matthew Barney


Matthew Barney




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


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

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Lavish, opulent, painfully disappointing.
1 October 2009 | by CinemaDude1See all my reviews

Yes, the cinematography is superb, a spectacle to be sure, but to throw images at an audience, no matter how intriguing they may be, with no reference other than, "Gee, isn't this pretty, or provocative or unusual," in the end is nothing but intellectual masturbation. And if the fact that in the end all of this is inaccessible to perhaps all but the filmmaker (and I am assuming his actors and crew -- evidently Ursula Andress was interested enough to sign on for this project), isn't bad enough (those who could call it visual poetry are really stretching it, IMHO), the music never matches the opulent visuals. I got the feeling looking at some of the stunning images that Barney creates, that the music is pretty lame in comparison. Quite truthfully, I wouldn't sit through this noise if it didn't have the visuals and I wouldn't want to watch the visual more than once. It's the kind of thing kids in Film School do on their first film exercise, only they don't have the huge amount of money that evidently Barney had to get this thing put on 35mm film.

About the only positive note that I can say for this pretentious extravaganza would be that mercifully, it is under an hour. BUT, that said, remember this is only one of the CREMASTER quintology. That's right, boys and girls, there are, count 'em, five of these things. The idea that people have actually suffered through four more of this man's self-indulgence....well, I guess there is more masochism out there than meets the eye.

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24 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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クレマスター5 See more »

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