Monday, July 16, 2007

Cremaster 2 @ AFI New York

The Anthology Film Archives in NYC will be screening Cremaster 2 on July 28th and August 1st as part of their "The Mistress and the Muse: The Films of Normal Mailer" series:

"An elaborate reworking of the gothic western, the second film in Barney's CREMASTER cycle (though the third produced – he didn't make the films in order) takes us to the salt flats of Utah and to the heart of a modern day American myth. Loosely based on Norman Mailer's THE EXECUTIONER'S SONG, CREMASTER 2… explores the mythology surrounding career-criminal Gary Gilmore: his relation to Harry Houdini [as played by Mailer himself]…who was possibly Gilmore's grandfather; his conception; his notorious murder of a gas station attendant; his Mormonism and belief in the redemptive powers of immortality; and his execution, carried out in a final sequence of considerable power… Combining majestic shots of the Utah landscape with a trash aesthetic that takes in rodeo, thrash metal and 1970s kitsch Americana, Barney elevates – much as Mailer did – the tale of Gilmore into a meditation on fate and martyrdom." –CHANNEL FOUR

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