The fourth film in the cycle (first in production) most clearly shows Barney's consistent utilization of landscape as character and establishes many of the themes that the artist weaves through the subsequent films. Shot on the Isle of Man, the film combines Celtic custom and lore with sidecar motorcycle racing and a libidinal quest. Deep in the heart of the film is a tap-dancing ram-in-training (played by Barney) who is aided by a quartet of androgynous fairies as he engages in a series of challenges on the road to maturity.
Motorcycles zoom across the island's landscape, racing in different directions to achieve the same destination while Barney's character (the "Loughton Candidate") travels to his fate from a Victorian pier, across the floor of the Irish Sea, and into an intestinal tunnel dripping Vaseline. Cremaster 4 (like 2 and 3 produced later) is a simple coming-of-age story that wanders down the same predetermined, fatal path as such predecessors as Oedipus Rex. 1994, U.S., color, 35mm, 42 minutes. More information on Cremaster 4.
REPEAT SCREENING: FRIDAY, MAY 30, 8 PM