Seconds in to River of Fundament (2014), the sprawling four and a half hour, operatic film adaptation of Norman Mailer’s scatological, Egyptian mythology epic Ancient Evenings, it’s clear Matthew Barney’s not pulling any punches. The ‘entered apprentice’ character from Cremaster 3 (2002), now reincarnated as Mailer’s daemon (no pun intended), emerges from a deep primordial soup of urine and faeces. Climbing stairs to an impressive replica of the author’s Manhattan home, he is sodomised by a cadaverous old man whose dripping semen turns…
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