The second film in the cycle (fourth in production) is a dark Gothic western in which justice and fate are inexorably dictated by blood. It contains one of Barney's tightest narrative structures, which feverishly tracks three generations of murderer Gary Gilmore's family back and forth from the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 to Gilmore's execution in 1977. The story line hews closely to the historical Gilmore, while also exploring a fanciful parallel plot linking his clairvoyant grandmother to legendary escape artist Harry Houdini, played by Norman Mailer, author of Executioner's Song.
The film's epicenter is a phantasmagoric rodeo set on Utah's flooded salt flats, while its ending careens across the Columbia Glacier high in the Canadian Rockies. Barney plays the role of Gilmore and is joined in the cast by Slayer's former drummer, Dave Lombardo, as Johnny Cash and country singer Patty Griffin as Nicole Baker, Gilmore's girlfriend. Sex comes slathered in honey accompanied by the buzzing of bees, while violence is splatter simple and historically accurate. 1999, U.S., color, 35mm, 79 minutes. More information on Cremaster 2.
REPEAT SCREENING: THURSDAY, MAY 29, 8 PM