Cremaster 3 (Cremaster Cycle)
Cremaster 3 (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 3 (2002), is set in New York City and narrates the construction of the Chrysler Building, which is in itself a character - host to inner, antagonistic forces for access to the process of (spiritual) transcendence. These factions find form in the struggle between The Architect (Richard Serra), and Entered Apprentice (Barney), who are both working on the building. The murder and resurrection of Hiram Abiff (purported architect of Solomon's Temple, who possessed knowledge and mysteries of the universe) are reenacted during Masonic initiation rites as the culmination of a three-part process through which a candidate progresses from the first degree of Entered Apprenticeship to the third Master Mason.
Matthew Barney -- USA -- 2002 -- 175 mins.

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