Cremaster 1 (Cremaster Cycle)
Cremaster 1 (Cremaster Cycle)
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The Cremaster Cycle is a series of five feature-length films, created by American visual artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney. Its conceptual departure point is the male cremaster muscle, the primary function of which is to raise and lower the testes in response to temperature. The project is filled with anatomical allusions to the position of the reproductive organs during the embryonic process of sexual differentiation: Cremaster 1 represents the most "ascended" or undifferentiated state, Cremaster 5 the most "descended" or differentiated. The cycle repeatedly returns to those moments during early sexual development in which the outcome of the process is still unknown — in Barney's metaphoric universe, these moments represent a condition of pure potentiality.
Cremaster 1 (1995) takes place in Boise, Idaho, in the blue-Astroturfed Bronco Stadium. The film parodies the musical extravaganzas of Busby Berkeley as filtered through the lens of Leni Riefenstahl's Third Reich athletics. Chorus girls form outlines of reproductive organs, their movements directed from above by a blonde starlet, who inhabits two Goodyear blimps simultaneously.
Matthew Barney -- USA -- 1995 -- 40 mins.

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