Forum slots ‘Cremaster’ series

Helmer Barney spent 8 years working on pics

Matthew Barney’s complete five-film “Cremaster” cycle will have a limited run on new 35mm prints at New York’s Film Forum, continuing the city’s focus on the cult multimedia artist whose work is the subject of a Guggenheim Museum retrospective.

Barney has spent eight years working on the experimental films, an epic cycle of birth and sexual differentiation that draws on influences as diverse as Busby Berkeley musicals, gothic Westerns, operatic spectacle, Celtic myth, Masonic initiation rites and motorcycle races.

The artist appears in the films in various guises, including a tap-dancing satyr, a naked magician, a giant and serial killer Gary Gilmore.

Distributed by Palm Pictures and Arthouse Films, the “Cremaster” cycle will play the Film Forum April 25-May 7, with a marathon of all five unspooling May 4.

Palm is preparing DVD releases of the pics.

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