Cinematic excess

By ANNIE LARMON  |  November 10, 2010

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• The testes are fully descended, and the analogies shift from biological to emotional processes. A naked Barney wears shackles with weighted testicular balls on his hands and wrists, chained to his gender.
• Staged as an opera in 19th-century Budapest in the Hungarian State Opera House, the Lanchid Bridge, and the Gellert Thermal Baths.
• A bridge jump hearkens to those of Harry Houdini, who was born in Budapest, and again recalls the pursuit of transcendence.
• Former Bond girl Ursula Andress plays the Queen of Chains.

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