River Of Fundament (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes

River Of Fundament (2015)





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Set across the American landscape, the film RIVER OF FUNDAMENT is an epic story of regeneration and rebirth. Loosely based on the 1983 Norman Mailer novel Ancient Evenings, with an ancient Egyptian protagonist who sought reincarnation three times in the hope of achieving immortality, RIVER OF FUNDAMENT borrows its structure from Mailer's text, corresponding to the seven stages the Egyptian soul undergoes in its journey toward new life. Conceived as a nontraditional opera written in collaboration with longtime collaborator Jonathan Bepler, the film combines documentary footage of three live acts performed outdoors in Los Angeles, Detroit, and New York with live-action cinema largely set in a careful recreation of Mailer's Brooklyn brownstone apartment, where the late author's wake is underway.


Jennie Knaggs
as Nephthys
Belita Woods
as Factory Singer
Shara Worden
as Lieutenant Worden
Don Becks
as Officer
Seycon Nadia Chea
as The KHU Sopranos
Natalie Cochran
as The KHU Sopranos
Leah Deraney
as The KHU Sopranos
Yana Lavovna
as The KHU Sopranos
Milford Graves
as Norman II
Ellen Burstyn
as Hathfertiti
Maggie Gyllenhaal
as Hathfertiti
Madyn G. Coakley
as Hathfertiti
Paul Giamatti
as Ptah-nem-hotep
Joan LaBarbara
as The Widow of Norman
Stephen Payne
as Username
Aimee Mullins
as The Ka of Norman
Matthew Barney
as The Ka of Norman
Lila Downs
as Ranchera Singer
Jerry Giles
as Priest/REN Dealership Manager
Luis Alvarez y Alvarez
as Head Chef/Day Labor Boss
Sidsel Endressen
as Singing Wake Guest
Phil Minton
as Singing Wake Guest
Deborah Harry
as Singing Wake Guest
Slam Poet
as Singing Wake Guest
George Stonefish
as Singing Wake Guest
Terrell Howard
as R&B Singer
Michaela Dennis
as The Ka of the Ka of Norman
Milica Nikcevic
as Honeyball
Taylor Starr
as Manager's Lover
Magno Gama
as Fighting Mechanics
Pablo Silva
as Fighting Mechanics
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Critic Reviews for River Of Fundament

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

By the end of the piece I felt deliberately alienated, and to a nearly infuriating degree.

December 3, 2015 | Full Review…

River of Fundament is a travesty on many levels, but the worst part is that the tragedy of the film is the tragedy of Detroit: we all knew this was happening, and no one said stop.

January 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Though certainly challenging in its exuberant obscurity, its forbidding length and its transgressive offence, River of Fundament represents ambitious, uncompromising art of the highest ordure.

September 2, 2014 | Full Review…

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