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What the world needs now is more batshit-crazy, uncompromising auteurs. David O. Russel has the diva-esque ‘tude and David Lynch the vision, but neither comes close to Matthew Barney for sheer pomposity. His five-part magnum opus, The Cremaster Cycle, is an elusive cinematic treat and for one week only, E Street Cinema will be screening it in three (relatively) bite-size segments. Although the National Weather Service is calling for a beautiful holiday weekend filled with sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70s, those interested in watching an experimental film where Norman Mailer plays Harry Houdini are unlikely to spend much time outdoors, anyway.
Here at Arts Desk, we wanted to celebrate Mr. Barney’s restless independence by interpreting The Cremaster Cycle in the most experimental of mediums: twitter. Just because Barney refuses to release his work on DVD doesn’t mean we can’t dumb it down to spite him! Starting this Friday, I will be live-tweeting my impressions with all the pointed insight 140 characters have to offer. (Live from my living room, that is; I got hooked up with screeners.) Finally, audiences will receive coverage that does this complex work justice. Follow us @cremdelacremWCP, or watch the madness happen after the jump: